MERGE NACUSIP president Roland de la Cruz and his brother Benjie de la Cruz, CIO president, (3rd and 2nd from left, seated) led the launching of the million signatures drive Saturday* (CPG photo)


Million signatures drive
to save PH sugar starts
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

A million signatures campaign to strongly oppose the proposed sugar import liberalization was launched in Bacolod City Saturday.

The signatures will be attached to an open letter to President Rodrigo Dutere urging him to junk the proposal of his economic managers to prevent the collapse of the sugar industry, Roland de la Cruz, National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines president, said.

The campaign is spearheaded by the NACUSIP, Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers Union, Congress of Independent Organizations, and Fraternal Labor Organizations. moremoremore


Was Duterte referring
to Bacolod killing?
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Was President Rodrigo Duterte referring to the killing of a Bacolod businessman in a Church compound last week in his speech Saturday?

The question was raised by some netizens after the speech of the president in Biñan City, Laguna, was posted by a news network on the Internet yesterday.

“Ang mga shabu nabasa ninyo sa probinsya ilan namatay? Mga milyonaryo, bilyonaryo. Tapos saan? Pinatay diyan sa daan? Sa simbahan? O anong trabaho niyan?...kung ganon ka karaming pera, mga Lamborghini ka, tapos Mercedes Benz, ang negosyo mo ganon (Shabu, have you read how many died in the province? Millionaires, billionaires. And then where? Killed on the street? In the Church? What is his job?… if you have that much money, have a Lamborghini and Mercedes Benz, your business in that),” the president said. moremoremore

 

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DA assures insurance, loans
for El Niño affected farmers

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol yesterday said the immediate release of Crop Insurance Payments and Survival and Recovery, or SURE, loan grants will be undertaken by the DA to support farmers who will be affected by the El Niño phenomenon this year.

In a statement posted on his Facebook account, Piñol said the assistance and interventions will be based mainly on reports from the field by DA workers and the El Nino Task Force which was organized as early as last year.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has released maps showing areas which will be affected by El Niño as early as April this year, including the Negros Island and Western Visayas, and the DA will be guided by these maps in preparing interventions and assistance.