MERGE BEAUTY. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach watched the grand finals of the Nights of Mardi Gras 2019 of the MassKara Festival at the Bacolod Public Plaza last night.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


Sugarmen ask DU30
to replace SRA chief
I’m working for good of industry: Serafica
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

A sugar planters group is requesting President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica as head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration for his alleged failure to serve the interest of the sugar industry.

The board of directors of the United Sugar Producers’ Federation of the Philippines Inc. (UNIFED), approved a resolution yesterday calling for the relief of Serafica, its president Manuel Lamata said.

“SRA Administrator Hermenegildo R. Serafica no longer serves the sugar industry due to his no response on the sugar liberalization issue,” the UNIFED resolution said. moremoremore


DOT official to represent Duterte
at Electric MassKara opening tonight
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

President Rodrigo Duterte will be represented by Tourism Undersecretary for Legal and Special Concerns Edwin Enrile, at the opening of the three-night Electric MassKara in Bacolod City today, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Duterte cannot make it to the MassKara Festival today as earlier announced, due to the “unbearable pain” in his spine.

Leonardia said, “How we wish that President Duterte could come, but we understand that he cannot make it under the current circumstance. But the fact that he had intended to come is already good enough for us, considering that he had already graced the MassKara Festival for the past three years.” moremoremore

 

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Penalties eyed for importers of pork
products from ASF-affected areas
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena is pushing for an ordinance that seeks to impose penalties on individuals who will surreptitiously bring pork and pork products to Negros Occidental from areas affected by the African swine fever.

He said yesterday that the executive order signed by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson imposing the temporary ban of pork and pork products from Luzon for 90 days, has no penalty clause. He added that the order needs a provincial ordinance to define the grounds for penalty and violations.

He said the national government has “not fully implemented” the Food Safety Act that caused the outbreak of the deadly virus in Luzon. “We have to prevent the entry of ASF to the province to protect our P6 billion swine industry,” he added.