Smuggled sugar seized
hits P260M, alarm raised
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Intelligence Group of the Bureau of Customs (BOC-IG) apprehended yesterday 57 container vans of smuggled sugar from Thailand worth more than P85 million, the biggest apprehension this year, Sugar Anti-Smuggling Organization (SASO) deputy chief Ed Lumanog said.
The apprehension was made based on information provided by SASO, he told the DAILY STAR.
Lumanog said 122 container vans have, so far, been seized at the Manila International Container Port, 17 in Cagayan de Oro and 50 in Cebu, for a total of 189 in three months, containing about P260 million worth of smuggled sugar.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor refiled yesterday the motion to suspend Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella pendent lite (while the case is under litigation) before the Sandiganbayan.
The motion to suspend accused Puentevella was received by the Sandiaganbayan Fourth Division at 3:10 p.m. yesterday.
Ombudsman Deputy Special Prosecutor Cornelio Somido had earlier ordered Prosecutor Wenceslao Caoayan to re-file the motion to suspend, and have the process server of the Ombudsman have the lawyer of Puentevella personally receive the motion. .
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Fifth sinkhole, 2 tension
cracks noted in Mabinay
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Mayor Ernesto Uy of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, said yesterday he is awaiting the initial investigation report of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 7 on the formation of sinkholes in Hagtu, the last barangay of the upland town, going to Negros Occidental.
He said the report would be a basis for him to determine future actions of the Mabinay government on sinkholes, considering that the area where they are situated is close to the proposed site for the regional centers of the newly-formed Negros Island Region.