Grace Poe Senators Chiz Ecudero and Grace Poe with Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (l-r) at the Sugarcane Industry Development Act consultation at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday* (CPG photo )

Grace, Chiz undecided
on tandem in 2016 polls

Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero yesterday said they have not made up their minds yet on whether to run for the top two posts of the country.

They also denied that they were in Bacolod yesterday to test the political waters for a 2016 run, saying they were in the city to discuss the Sugarcane Industry Development Act.

Asked if an endorsement from President Benigno Aquino would be important to her if she runs for vice president or president, Poe said she believes there are still a lot of people who believe in Aquino.moremoremore

Consultation on
sugarcane act fund held


Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Ecudero yesterday held a consultation with Negros Occidental officials to ensure that the Sugarcane Industry Development Act is implemented properly, including its P2 billion to be annually allocated to strengthen the competitiveness and diversification efforts of the industry .

The consultation organized by Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), author of the Sugarcane Act in the House, was attended by Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod) 15 mayors and 27 vice mayors.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon said he informed Benitez that he could not attend as he was not feeling well. .moremoremore


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P.5M ‘shabu' seized

More than half a million pesos worth of suspected shabu were confiscated during a search in the house of a suspected drug peddler in Zone 2, Barangay Looc in Dumaguete City, Sunday.

The suspect, identified as Melicio Semetara, alias “Michael”, was able to escape. However, the City Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Group, headed by Supt. James Goforth, and city intelligence chief, Insp. Marvin Fegarido, seized five bultos (packs) of suspected shabu and 20 elongated heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets believed to contain shabu granules, all worth around P531,000. Also seized were illegal drugs paraphernalia, and P5,850 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of the banned substance.

The raid was by virtue of the search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Gerardo Paquio Jr..moremoremore