MERGE Senator Manny Pacquiao (center) listens to a policeman who tried to advise him against giving out money to the crowd waiting outside his hotel in Bacolod City as his safety might be endangered, as Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya (left) looks on.*


‘Hacenderos days gone,
president misinformed’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

It appears that President Rodrigo Duterte and his economic managers are misinformed about the real and updated situation of the sugar industry, Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, said yesterday.

“We call on Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Cynthia Villar and other senators, particularly those whom we supported in the May elections and who know the sugar industry, to help us explain to the President and his economic managers what is the real situation of the sugar industry now,” Rojas said.

The days of the hacenderos are long gone. Now, almost 90 percent of sugarcane farmers are agrarian reform beneficiaries and marginal farmers cultivating farms of less than three hectares, he said. If there are still sizable farms, these are corporate farms or ARB collective farms owned by numerous persons, Rojas added. moremoremore


2 minors drown in drainage
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

Two minors drowned while two survived when they jumped into a drainage in the property of Megaworld in Barangay 41, Bacolod City, at about 4 p.m. yesterday, the police said.

The dead were identified as Adrian Bagundol, 9, and Robert Corsino, 7, Police Lt. Rondyl Tapang, Station 4 chief, said.

They were declared dead on arrival at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Tapang said. moremoremore

 

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More biz groups oppose
salary increase in WV
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The business sector in Boracay Island, Aklan is opposing the proposed wage hike in Western Visayas, labor leader Wennie Sancho said yesterday.

During the public hearing at the Boracay Holiday Resort on Friday, Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Association , said six groups from the management side expressed their vehement opposition to the petition that seeks an P80 increase in the daily salary of workers in Boracay .

The same petition filed by New and Independent Workers Organization, a labor union of rank-and-file employees of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. in Bacolod, also seeks a P50 hike in the daily salary of plantation and non-plantation workers, and P60 for the commercial and industrial sectors .