MERGE Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (seated) signed an Alliance Agreement yesterday in the presence of Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Singcang Kagawad Simple Distrito, Councilors Renecito Novero, Cindy Rojas, Ana Marie Palermo, former councilor Archie Baribar and Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya (l-r, standing).* (Andy Alvarez photo)

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Guv hopes fall will bring peace to Negros

Philippine National Police chief, Director G eneral Oscar Albayalde, confirmed yesterday the arrest of the elusive Francisco Obeda Fernandez, a National Democratic Front consultant and head of the Communist movement in Negros Island, and two other rebels in Barangay Calumpang, Liliw, Laguna at 5:16 a.m. Sunday.

Albayalde said that Fernandez, his wife, Cleofe Sabadisto Lagtapon, and Gee-Ann Canedo Perez who are facing multiple charges, will face additional raps for violation of the Comelec gun ban and for possession of explosives.

He said Fernandez, 71, alias Ka Frank, Ago, Tatay, Uloy, Pidong and Andot, a native of Barangay Ilaya Dumanhog, Cebu City, is NDF chairman and spokesperson for Negros and regional deputy secretary for the organization. moremoremore

Hugpong, GP ink alliance

Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairman and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed an Alliance Agreement with Grupo Progreso led by its convenor Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, to form a political alliance for the 2019 senatorial and local elections.

The signing was witnessed by candidates of both parties during the political rally of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City that was attended by a crowd of about 15,000.

Duterte-Carpio also raised the hands of the GP candidates after the signing of the agreement. She also thanked Bacoleños for supporting the candidacy of her father in 2016 and for giving him a chance to become President. moremoremore


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Villar to oppose plan to avoid legislative
process on sugar import liberalization

Senator Cynthia Villar yesterday said she will oppose the issuance of an executive order or administrative order, that is being considered by economic managers as an option to push for the sugar industry deregulation, as a way of avoiding the legislative process.

Sugar industry stakeholders in 28 sugar producing provinces are up in arms against this move of deregulating the sugar industry, which is also being supported by lawmakers in the Visayas and 10 senators.

Villar, Senate committee chairperson on Agriculture, who welcomed the endorsement of sugar industry leaders of her re-election, said that economic managers want to push for the sugar import deregulation due to the high prices of domestic sugar in local markets.