MERGE Independence Day rites at the Bacolod Public Plaza yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Retired cop-bizman killed

A retired police captain-turned businessman was shot and killed yesterday by two motorcycle-riding suspects at the Bonifacio Extension in Brgy. 4, Silay City, Negros Occidental.

The victim identified as Jose Lindy Chan, a former police captain of the PNP Maritime Command, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds and, was declared dead on arrival at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Maj. Rollie Pondevilla, city police officer-in-charge, said.

Police investigation showed that Chan, 63, was talking with his friend, when the gunman, who was wearing a helmet and riding a motorcycle, shot him several times without any provocation. moremoremore

Bacolod cited for ICT gains

A Department of Information and Communications Technology official yesterday called Bacolod City a leader in terms of Information and Communications Technology because it has given its full support to the IT industry.

Ivin Ronald Alzona, assistant secretary for Regional Operations and Countryside and ICT Industry Development, yesterday said the Bacolod City government must be congratulated for its initiatives in expanding the opportunities for its constituents.

He city the city’s collaborative efforts with national government agencies like the DICT, the academe, and the private sector in developing strategies to further improve the workforce, building the necessary infrastructure, and providing an enabling environment for doing business with ease. moremoremore


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Call of PH food processors to allow
open importation of sugar opposed

The Confederation of Sugar Producers is opposing the call of food processors to deregulate the sugar industry and allow open importation of sugar.

“It seems that the lobby to liberalize sugar importation in the country is being resurrected again through the food processors and manufacturers who comprise a miniscule market in terms of sugar usage,” Confed spokesman Raymond Montinola said yesterday.

Roberto Amores, president of the Philippine Food Exporters Inc., was quoted as saying that “domestic processors are hurting and high cost of sugar in the local market is killing the local industry, but favoring foreign competition”, Montinola said.