MERGE FINALLY HOME. There were 42 vehicles from different local government units in Negros Occidental that picked up the Negrenses, who returned from Cebu via the Escalante City port yesterday.*

Hospitals overwhelmed,
crematoriums full – VM
Kin of dead frontliner hope for gov’t action

The health care system in Bacolod City is about to collapse, hospitals are overwhelmed with the rising number of COVID-19 patients, Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday.

Even the crematoriums are full, he said. That is why city ordinances are set to be passed to enforce more stringent measures in Bacolod City to curb the spread of the virus, he said.

Among the measures is the re-issuance of Home Quarantine Passes and the setting up of border controls to restrict movement in the city. Mass testing for COVID-19 is also set. moremoremore

14 killed, scores injured in bombings

At least 14 people were killed and 75 wounded -- including members of the security forces and civilians -- in twin bombings involving a suicide attacker in Jolo, Sulu, a stronghold of Islamist militants, at about 11:53 a.m. yesterday, officials said.

The apparently coordinated attacks happened in Jolo in Muslim-majority Sulu, where government-backed security forces have long been fighting the Abu Sayyaf group.

Seven soldiers, a police officer, and six civilians were killed in the two bombings, the first at around midday when an improvised explosive device attached to a motorcycle parked outside a supermarket blew up, Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan said. moremoremore


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Unifed recommends 7% for ‘A’ sugar

The United Sugar Producers’ Federation of the Philippines is recommending that 7 percent of the country’s sugar production for the new crop year be allocated as “A” for the US sugar market quota, Unifed president Manuel Lamata said yesterday.

Lamata said Unifed’s recommendation for Sugar Order No. 1 for the start of milling on September 1, after consulting with its board and members, was a 7 percent allocation for the A market and 93 percent for B, or domestic market.

“We will have a very big stock in the bodegas thereby possibly bringing sugar prices down. We also need to supply our US market 132,000 m/t,” Lamata said.