Capitol FLAGS. The Negros Occidental provincial government began the observance of National Flag Days at the Capitol in Bacolod City starting yesterday, up to June 12, Independence Day.*

Mother meted life term
for P100 sale of shabu

A 42-year-old mother in Bacolod was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment for the sale of shabu, worth P100.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 47 Judge Therese Blanche Bolunia found Laila Delgante Remegio, of Purok Mahigugmaon, Barangay 22, Bacolod City, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the sale of shabu, in violation Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Remegio was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay a P500,000 fine.moremoremore

Sugarmen laud lifting
of raw sugar EVAT


Sugar leaders welcomed yesterday the issuance by the Bureau of Internal Revenue of Revenue Regulations No. 8-2015, finally amending its definition of raw cane sugar to be exempted from advance Value Added Tax, to include what the industry calls raw sugar.

RR 8-2015, signed by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, on recommendation of BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares, on May 22 amends the definition of raw cane sugar under RR 6-2015.

On May 5, President Benigno Aquino III, through the intervention of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, called for a high level meeting with members of the Cabinet, Henares and Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin to the look into the clamor of the sugar industry for the lifting of advance VAT on raw sugar.moremoremore


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Military eyeing declaration
of NegOr as ‘insurgent free'

The Philippine Army is seriously looking at declaring the province of Negros Oriental insurgency free at the earliest possible time even with the presence of “remnants” of the rebel New People's Army in the northern part of the province.

Depending on how fast the Philippine Army in the province can finish the documentation, the insurgency free declaration could be any time this year at the earliest, military officials said.

Negros Oriental was declared about a year ago as conflict manageable and development ready after law enforcement agencies announced the insurgency problem was reduced to an insignificant level. moremoremore