MERGE Senator Manny Pacquiao being cheered on by Grupo Progreso leaders, coordinators and supporters during a program at the Bacolod City Government Center, yesterday.*

‘You are free to kill,’
Duterte tells Espenido

President Rodrigo Duterte said Bacolod is “badly hit” by illegal drugs and told Lt. Col. JovieEspenido, who was recently assigned in the city, that he is “free to kill everybody.”

The president said this during his speech at the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at Manila Hotel in Manila, yesterday.

Duterte was talking about the estimate of then Philippine National Police chief and now senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa of at least a million drug surrenderers, who he said were just the count for Manila. moremoremore

Pacquiao gives out P4.1M

Senator Manny Pacquiao gave out about P4.1 million in cash yesterday to residents of Bacolod City, who waited for him for hours at the Bacolod City Government Center, upon his arrival from Manila.

Pacquiao, who was in Bacolod City yesterday to watch the second staging of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum, said that whenever he receives in blessings from the Lord, he shares them with the people.

He has taught his family that whenever they receive a blessing they should not think that it is only for them but should share it in order to bless and help others, he said. moremoremore


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Fear the cross no more


Tatak Kalamay welcomes support
of food processors vs. liberalization

Tatak Kalamay, an umbrella organization of sugar federations, millers, laborers, farmers, and agrarian reform beneficiaries, welcomed the move of the food processors and exporters to stop their lobby for sugar import liberalization.

In a statement yesterday, the group said they are looking forward to working with Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization Incorporated.

The group, however, admitted that they remained s keptical and will continue to remain vigilant. “But for the good of the sugar industry, we are extending our hand of conciliation and our willingness to sit down and resolve their issues and ours,” the statement added.