MERGE Labor leader Wennie Sancho, Sugar Board Member Dino Yulo, CONFED spokesperson Raymond Montinola and David Alba, general manager of the Asociacion de Agricultores de La Carlota y Pontevedra Inc. (1st to 4th from left, seated), at the launching of Tatak Kalamay on Saturday.*

Ka Frank, wife caught

Two top communist rebel leaders in Negros have been arrested.

Frank Fernandez, secretary of Komiteng Rehiyonal (KR)-Negros, and his deputy and wife, Cleofe Lagtapon, were arrested Saturday by police and military intelligence operatives in Purok 2, Brgy. Calumpang, Nagcarlan, Laguna.

The arrests were confirmed yesterday by two ranking state security officials, who requested anonymity, pending the formal announcement of their captivity today by the top brass of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police. moremoremore

Sugar industry backs ‘Magic 7’

It’s payback time for the sugar industry to reelectionist senators, who are their allies in the Senate.

Members of the Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations (CONFED), National Federation of Sugar Planters, UNIFED, PanayFed and LuzonFed and other sugar producers, agrarian reform beneficiaries, members of sugar cooperatives, labor sector, millers and mill workers, non-government organizations, and industry stakeholders, are united as one in expressing their all-out support to the reelection bids of senators Cynthia Villar, Juan Victor Ejercito, Sonny Angara, Aquilino (Koko) Pimentel III and Nancy Binay.

Villar, Ejercito, Angara, Pimentel and Binay were among the 10 senators who signed a Senate resolution expressing their opposition to the planned sugar import liberalization as proposed by the country’s economic managers, whichthey fear could lead to the demise of the sugar industry. moremoremore


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Livestock, poultry damage hits P1.1M

The long dry spell in Negros Occidental has affected P1.1 million worth of livestock and poultry in 14 localities in the province, the Provincial Veterinary Office said.

The PVO reported that, as of yesterday, the extreme heat affected backyard raisers from 41 barangays in Toboso, and Salvador Benedicto in the First District; Murcia, Talisay City, and E.B. Magalona in the Third District; Bago City, Valladolid, San Enrique, and La Carlota City in Fourth District; Binalbagan, La Castellana, and Hinigaran in the Fifth District; and Cauayan and Kabankalan City in the Sixth District.

No damage was reported in the Second District of the province, composed of Sagay City, Cadiz City, and Manapla.