MERGE Senator Grace Poe greets vegetable vendor Maritess Gelle at the Burgos Public Market in Bacolod City yesterday morning.* (Marchel Espina photo)

Poe: Pick mix of bets
for balance in Senate

Senator Grace Poe, who was on the campaign trail in Bacolod City yesterday, urged the public to put a balance  into the Senate by voting  for a mix of candidates who will really work for the good of the country.

There are 12 Senate seats to be filled in the May polls, and Poe said she keeps telling people that it would be good if there is a balance by not having everyone coming from one party only.

“You know that would really be for the advantage of everyone. Of course, one party will always push for a straight slate. But for me, for example, in my own personal capacity, I talk to the people to vote for certain people who I know really work,” she said. moremoremore

‘PH not ready for
sugar liberalization’

Senator Grace Poe said yesterday that the Philippines is not yet prepared for a liberalized sugar industry as cheaper imports could hurt Filipino farmers and eventually kill their livelihood.

Poe, who was campaigning in Bacolod City, said that before government entertains the idea of liberalizing sugar imports, it needs to strengthen the country’s sugar industry first.

The country’s economic managers are proposing the liberalization of sugar importation to bring down the retail prices of sugar. moremoremore


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Piñol junks plan to import palay

MANILA - Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has junked the planned importation of palay, or unhusked rice, as it may pose danger to Philippine agriculture.

“We will not allow the importation of palay because it could pose danger to our rice industry. It could also bring in pests and diseases," Piñol said in a press briefing yesterday.

The Food and Beverage unit of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. earlier said it plans to import unmilled rice should the government pass a law lifting quantitative restrictions (QR) on the volume of rice imports annually.