MERGE SPARKLING SPECTACLE. Crowds flock to the Magical Christmas Land at the SM City Bacolod Main Atrium with a 45-feet-tall tree as the centerpiece of the circus land that surrounds it.*


Jail officer’s mother cries for justice
Denies slain son’s link to drugs
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

The mother of a jail officer killed in an ambush Friday in Barangay Cabug, Bacolod City, called for justicefor her son yesterday.

Yvonne Vargas, the mother of Jail Officer 1 Jason Vargas, at a press conference at the Negros Press Club in Bacolod City, called on President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo to help their family attain justice.

“He is innocent. As a mother, I know all of my children, well… It was very unfair and painful for us,” Mrs. Vargas, who hugged the framed graduation photo of her son, said. moremoremore


Entire Senate backs PH sugar battle
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

The Senate yesterday unanimously approved a resolution urging the executive department not to pursue the planned liberalization of the sugar industry to safeguard the welfare of farmers and industry workers in more than 20 provinces in the country, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

In Senate Resolution 213 the senators also urged the appropriate Senate Committee to conduct an investigation, in aid of legislation, into the impending liberalization.

They pointed out that the recent proposal of the country’s economic managers to grant the deregulation of sugar importation and to allow users of sugar to directly import has created a stir and fear among the stakeholders of the sugar industry. moremoremore

 

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NWPC hit for ‘delayed action’
on new wage order in WV
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

A labor leader in Negros Occidental slammed the National Wages and Productivity Commission for its alleged “delayed action” on the new wage order for Western Visayas.

The new wage order that was approved on October 22 grants private sector workers in the region a salary increase ranging from P15 to P30.

But for Wennie Sancho, labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-Western Visayas and secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, the labor sector was “frustrated” because the NWPC has yet to review the order.