MERGE Senatorial aspirant Mar Roxas campaigning at the Burgos Public Market in Bacolod City yesterday morning*


Opposition rift claims
fake news, Mar says
Vows to push for cheaper goods, meds
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Former Senator Mar Roxas yesterday said if he wins a Senate seat in May, he will push for the repeal of the excise tax on petroleum products, which is driving up the cost of transportation and goods.

Roxas, who is the author of the Cheaper Medicine Law, said he will also push for the lowering of the prices of more medicines.

Roxas, who visited the Burgos Public Market in Bacolod City, said markets mirror the economy of a place. moremoremore


Extortion letters found
in encounter with rebels
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The New People’s Army Apolinario Gatmaitan Command warned an owner of a construction firm in Negros of sanctions detrimental to his business operation, should he fail to settle what they called “tax obligations” to the revolutionary government.

In his letter to the owner of a construction firm, whose identity is being withheld, Armando Magbanua of the Apolinario Gatmaitan Command Regional Taxation Group said that the People’s Democratic Government (PDG) established in the countryside exercises its right to impose taxes on properties, business operations and revenues, among others, within its territory.

A copy of the extortion letter was among those recovered by the 15th Infantry Battalion soldiers, after an encounter on Tuesday with nine suspected NPA members in Brgy. Salong, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. moremoremore

 

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NOLITC to offer 16 more courses
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center is offering 16 additional Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses for Negrenses.

The courses, VET qualifications, and programs to be offered include certified professional coder course, billing and coding certified specialist course, certified medical administrative assistant, certificate II and III in business;

Certificate III in hospitality, diploma in leadership management, certificate III in individual support, visual and digital arts, digital media arts, Nihongo culture course, digital literacy training, software development training programs, robotics and intelligent machines, and American medical certification association testing facility for various medical examination.