MERGE Newly-promoted Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido (center) during his donning of rank, flanked by Col. Marlon Tayaba, Police Regional Office-6 directorial staff chief, and Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan at the PRO-6 headquarters in Iloilo City, yesterday*

Espenido named city
deputy police director

Controversial police official Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, who was promoted yesterday, has been designated deputy city director for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office.

Espenido arrived in Bacolod City last night after he paid a courtesy call on Police Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, regional director of Western Visayas, and attended his donning of ranks at the Police Regional Office-6 in Iloilo City, yesterday morning.

“We are obedient to whatever is assigned to us and as policemen, we follow orders,” Espenido said. moremoremore

Bacolod SP joins
fight vs. liberalization

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod expressed its strong opposition to the planned liberalization or deregulation of the importation of sugar to safeguard the local sugar industry, andits effect on the City of Bacolod, as the capital of Negros Occidental, where most of the economic activity of the sugar industry takes place.

The resolution authored by Councilor Al Victor Espino said the Department of Finance issued an Economic Bulletin that called for the removal of quantitative restrictions on sugar importation on September 27.

Earlier, the SP also approved another resolution addressed to the Sugar Regulatory Administration opposing the liberalization of the sugar industry, upon the motion of Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez and seconded by Councilors Cindy Rojas and Espino. moremoremore


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Agribiz group supports proposed
ASF ban extension in VisMin: PVO

Local government units in the Visayas and Mindanao seeking to extend the ban on the entry of pork and processed meat to protect their respective localities from the dreaded African swine fever virus got support from an agribusiness group, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

Decena said the support of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura will back their call to the national government to continue the banning to protect the swine industry in the Visayas and Mindanao.

“We have to provide a wall as part of our quarantine procedures. There should be a lockout to contain the disease in Luzon,” he said.