Organic Negros Oriental Vice Gov. Edward Mark Macias, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District), former senator Francis Pangilinan, Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and IFOAM president André Leu (l-r) lead the ribbon-cutting rites to open the 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress at SMX Convention Center at SM City Bacolod yesterday.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

IFOAM - We're winning
organic farming revolution
Pangilinan calls Negros a trailblazer

We are winning the organic farming revolution, and Negros Island is at the frontline, André Leu, president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), said yesterday.

Leu, who was the keynote speaker at the 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod, said Negros made the right decision in pushing to become an organic island because he knows it will succeed and history will be on its side.

He said he wished there were more governors like Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., a staunch advocate of organic farming, around the world. moremoremore

Benitez set to
welcome Mar on visit


Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas, in an interview with national media yesterday, said Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) has invited him to be a guest tomorrow at an affair in Negros Occidental and that the congressman is supporting his presidential bid.

Benitez, who was LP chairman in Negros Occidental, earlier filed his Certificate of Candidacy for re-election as an independent.moremoremore


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Guns, bullets recovered
from abandoned vehicle

A simple traffic accident involving a four-wheeled vehicle resulted in the recovery of two unlicensed guns, several bullets, and belongings from a van abandoned by its driver and two passengers, while the accident was being recorded at the Sibulan police station Tuesday.

The three were arrested during a hot pursuit operation in Dumaguete City later that day.

Recovered from the van were two .45 caliber pistols with four magazines and 23 live ammunition, a silencer for the government model Colt automatic .45 caliber pistol, extra battery packs, three wigs, two for male and one for female, a ball cap, a bonnet, a brown leather hat, several cell phones, an identification card of one Ryan Lumangcolob, four sling bags, one backpack, assorted short and long pants, T-shirts, assorted female belongings, children's wear, a pair of shoes,  used garments, a pillow, and three power banks, among others.moremoremore