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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, April 25, 2013
Negros Oriental
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266 PCOS machines
‘missing’: Comelec
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE & JUDY F. PARTLOW

The Commission on Elections in Dumaguete City reported yesterday that 266 Precinct Count Optical Scan machines for Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces for the May 13 polls are missing.

This was discovered during the inventory yesterday at the warehouse of the 2GO Express forwarding company, where it was found that only 932 PCOS units had arrived from Bacolod City on Tuesday.

The Comelec said it expects 1,218 or more PCOS machines, including those for contingencies, for Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

$35M ethanol plant
construction on

Groundbreaking rites were held recently for the $35 million ethanol distillery plant of the Universal Robina Corp. in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, a government press release said.

The plant, located in the company’s sugar central facility, is expected to start operations in March 2014, and will produce around 100,000 liters per day, or 30 million liters of ethanol fuel each year, Renato Cabati, Universal Robina Sugar Milling Corp. general manager, said.

It will run mostly on blackstrap molasses, a by-product of sugar, and aims to support the government’s efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on imported ethanol.

266 PCOS machines
‘missing’: Comelec

BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

Reelectionist Senator Francis Escudero recently said a proposed bill that seeks to increase the penalty for the killing of media practitioners has passed a Senate committee after a long debate.

He said a lot of kinks had to be ironed out, including whether the killing of a mediaman should immediately be considered per se, as needing a higher penalty; and whether the action is an aggravated one, notwithstanding the motive and circumstances, like when a broadcaster was killed because of personal reasons, such as non-payment of debts, love triangle, and the like.

He said he believes that a heavier penalty must apply if mediamen are killed in line with their profession.

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