House okays sugar act
on final reading – Albee
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
The House of Representative approved the Sugarcane
Industry Development Act bill on third and final reading
yesterday, its author Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ.,
3rd District) said.
The bill will be sent for reconciliation with its counterpart in the Senate, which has yet to be approved.
Benitez assured that the Senate version of the bill is moving and he hopes the measure will become a law before the end of the year.
House Bill 4633 aims to revitalize and strengthen the sugarcane industry through diversification, development, and financing programs...
Court denies Ceneco
MR on injunction
BY ADRIAN NEMES III
Regional Trial Court Branch 49 has denied the
motion for reconsideration filed by Central Negros Electric Cooperative
against the writ of preliminary injunction earlier issued against its
election screening committee compelling it to allow two
disqualified candidates to run for the district board elections.
A copy of the decision penned by Judge Manuel Cardinal furnished to the DAILY STAR yesterday by Vicente Sabornay, legal counsel of candidates Jelssen Dumancas and Vicente Tan, cited lack of merit for its denial.
In a 3-page decision, Cardinal said the enforcement of the writ of preliminary injunction will not render the action moot and academic, since the candidacies of Dumancas and Tan for the board of directors in districts 4 (Bacolod East) and 5 (Bacolod West) of CENECO is subject to whether or not they will be elected by the constituents of the electric firm who will decide whether or not they are capable or deserve to be elected as directors...
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Mixed opinions aired
on ‘Negros region’ bid
BY JUDY PARTLOW
A provincial consultation and workshop on the proposed One Negros,
One Island region was held in Negros Oriental yesterday, attended by
around 40 local government officials and representatives from civic
groups, the business sector and non-government organizations.
The activity was spearheaded by the Negros Oriental provincial government of Negros Oriental, in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government under the auspices of the Negros Oriental Network of NGOs. Its aim was to come up with recommendations and resolutions on the proposal.
While majority of those present are standing pat on their early pronouncements against the proposed one island region, others agreed that it is still too early for a conclusive stand on the matter....