MERGE THE BEST. The performance of Bago City’s Sigabong sang mga Kanyon contingent that won the street dance competition championship in the Dulansangan national historical dance drama competition of the Fiesta Republica in Malolos, Bulacan, Wednesday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Zubiri to ask Duterte:
Save sugar industry


Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri yesterday said he will appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to prevent the import liberalization of sugar.

Sugar Board Member Emilio “Dino” Yulo III said yesterday that the industry stakeholders are also bringing their appeal to the president and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

“We have to make our voices heard, we have to take this fight to another domain in Metro Manila where the policy makers are,” Yulo said at a press conference in Bacolod City. moremoremore

Don’t back leftist partylist
groups, brgy officials urged

The 700 barangays captains in Negros Occidental were enjoined yesterday by a former leader of the United Front Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines not to extend support to what she called “leftist party-list groups”.

Evelyn Bustamante, former CPP-NPA-NDF United Front Committee member and National Party List coordinator in Luzon, who spoke at the Barangay Summit on Good Governance at the SMX Convention in Bacolod City, organized by the Department of Interior and Local Government, exposed the direct connection of the CPP and NDF as the source of manpower, financial and logistics support of the NPA.

"Do not support the leftist party list groups because directly or indirectly, they will support the armed struggle of the NPA", Bustamante was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the 303rd Infantry Brigade, as she mentioned party-list groups allegedly with links to the rebel movement. moremoremore


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Bago 263.8% rice sufficient in 2018

Bago City, the rice granary of Negros Occidental, attained a 263-percent rice sufficiency in 2018, City Agriculturist, Carlito Indencia, said yesterday.

Indencia told the DAILY STAR that the rice sufficiency of Bago reached 263.82 percent last year, an increase of about 35 percent compared to 228 percent in 2017.

The current rice sufficiency of Bago translates to 119,528 metric tons of rice production, with an average of 4.43 metric tons yield per hectare.