MERGE President Rodrigo Duterte delivering his 5th State of the Nation Address yesterday with Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano behind him*

Duterte health, economic
recovery plans welcomed
But bishop opposes death penalty

Negros Occidental and Bacolod City officials welcomed the measures outlined by President Rodrigo Duterte in his 5th State of the Nation Address yesterday to address the health and economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the nation.

While Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon said he was disappointed by the president’s “divisive attacks” against individuals at the start and end of his SONA at a time when the nation needs healing, and aired his opposition to the push towards the reimposition of the death penalty by lethal injection.

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the President’s SONA revealed the matters that are paramount to his administration, as reflected by the key legislations he has enjoined Congress to enact. moremoremore

Business sector not keen on ECQ

The business sector in Bacolod City is not too keen that the city reverts to enhanced community quarantine amid the rising COVID-19 cases.

Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday they feel that “we are in the middle of two big storms, drowning in the sea and we have no seaport to dock.”

He was referring to the country’s economic and health situation as the two big storms. moremoremore


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Do not kick out MSME tenants

President Rodrigo Duterte has asked lessors to come up with amenable arrangements with their tenants as micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) try to survive amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.

In his 5th State of the Nation Address yesterday, Duterte stressed the need to help MSMEs recover from their losses due to community quarantine measures implemented to fight Covid-19.

He requested commercial establishments to provide a grace period and allow deferment of payment, especially for MSMEs, and not to cut off their electricity and water connections.