MERGE DAY IS DONE. Fishermen row homeward while their families await them at sunset in Aguisan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.* (Raymund Jovy Reyes-Sugay photo)

46 ‘narco pols’ named,
none from Neg. Occ.

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday released the list of 46 local government officials allegedly linked to the illegal drug trade ahead of the May 13 mid-term elections.

Of the 46, five are from Western Visayas, but none from Negros Occidental.

The five from Western Visayas are Culasi, Antique Mayor Ariel Tabugo Alagos Jr. (re-electionist); Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Escalante Mabilog (did not file Certificate of Candidacy, cannot be located); Hamtic, Antique Mayor Julius Ronald Leyritana Pacificador (running for vice mayor); Maasin, Iloilo Mayor Malficio Malones Sr. (running for vice mayor); and Siegfredo Alfuente Betita of Carles, Iloilo (running for mayor), the list showed. moremoremore

P25.5M in rice loss
to drought, pests

The long dry spell, exacerbated by pest attacks, has caused P25.5 million in rice losses in Negros Occidental from January to yesterday, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said.

The biggest losses were reported in Pontevedra at P13.4 million caused by the dry spell and attacks by rice grain bugs, stemborers and rice black bugs, he said.

Masculino said the dry spell also induces the emergence of rice pests. moremoremore


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Duterte’s help sought to fast-track
Cebu-Negros-Panay power project

CEBU CITY — The Regional Development Council 7 is determined to seek the intervention of President Rodrigo Duterte to fast-track two important power expansion projects in the Visayas - the Cebu-Negros-Panay backbone and Cebu-Bohol interconnection - to cope with the rising demand for power amidst the rapid development in the region.

RDC-7 chair Kenneth Cobonpue said the Council sees the need to include the projects among the “energy projects of national significance (EPNS)”.

The Infrastructure Development Committee passed a resolution during its March 8 meeting, recommending to the RDC Full Council to request Duterte to intervene in the Cebu-Bohol interconnection and Cebu-Negros-Panay backbone projects and include it in the EPNS, he added.