MERGE Militants burn the effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte who was depicted as “Sauron,” the antagonist in the movie “Lord of the Rings,” during the Labor Day protest in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon.* (MPE photo)

Duterte effigy torched

Militants in Negros Occidental burned the effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte during a Labor Day protest yesterday in front of the Government Center replica at the Bacolod City public plaza.

The effigy, that was brought by more than 1,000 rallyists from the Capitol Park and Lagoon to Araneta Street, depicted Duterte as Sauron, the antagonist in the movie “Lord of the Rings.” The caricature symbolizes the president's evil-like administration, the militants said.

The protesters said Duterte was behind “Oplan Sauron” in Negros Oriental that killed 14 people. They maintained that the victims were innocent farmers while the police insisted the fatalities fought back the authorities in the raid during the wee hours of March 30. moremoremore

22 injured in accident

Two drivers and 20 passengers suffered minor injuries after two vehicles collided yesterday at the national highway in Brgy. Sampinit, Bago City, in Negros Occidental.

Lt. Leonel Adolacion, Bago City deputy police chief, yesterday said that a Ceres Liner passenger bus and a Mitsubishi Montero vehicle were involved in the accident.

Twenty-one passengers, including the fare collector, and driver of the Ceres Liner identified as Rolando Sondia, suffered minor injuries, Adolacion said. moremoremore


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Brace for ‘economic catastrophe’
over sugar import liberalization

The labor sector in Negros Occidental called on workers to brace themselves for the “economic catastrophe” brought by the implementation of sugar import liberalization.

At the launching of the sugar industry watchdog, Sugar Watch Philippines, at Gerald’s Restobar in Bacolod City yesterday, about 46 labor leaders under the General Alliance of Workers Associations expressed their apprehensions and concerns over the proposal as it was not yet shelved by the country’s economic managers.

The launching of the sugar industry watchdog was led by its national chairman, Hernani Braza, and secretary-general Wennie Sancho. The group is composed of workers, agrarian reform beneficiaries, small farmers, and sugar industry stakeholders.