Gina SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Martin at the World Sugar Expo 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, where machines for industry mechanization are being showcased.*

‘Deny Monico's MR
on suspension order'
Special prosecutors ask Sandigan

“Don't make a mockery of the legal process.”

That is what the Office of the Special Prosecutor said on the motion for reconsideration filed by the camp of Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella on his preventive suspension in the graft case involving alleged overpriced information technology packages, in its opposition asking the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division to deny it.

The Sandiganbayan issued a 90-day preventive suspension order against Puentevella last month directing him to cease and desist from exercising the functions and privileges of his office for 90 days immediately upon receipt of the resolution.moremoremore

Cops arrest suspect
in slay of brgy head

The long arm of the law finally reached the suspect in the killing of a barangay chairman in Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental, last year.

The suspect identified as Bobby Eden was arrested yesterday by a police tracking team headed by Senior Inspector Jesus Mesahon Jr. at Amparos Village in Bayawan, Negros Oriental, in coordination with the town police.

Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said Eden has two pending arrest warrants for the crimes of murder and frustrated murder. .moremoremore


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Harmful chemical residues
found in Neg. Or. cabbages

Commercial growers of cabbage and Chinese pechay in Negros Oriental use chemical pesticides intensively to avoid risk of heavy crop losses and to maximize their profit, a recent study by the Silliman University College of Agriculture, showed.

The study by SU Agriculture dean, Jose Edwin Cubelo, and assistant professor Merlyn Buscato also found that samples of the vegetables analyzed in the laboratory were positive for chemical residues that could be harmful to human health and the environment.

The study is part of the larger research on the implications of pesticides on farm productivity, human health, food safety, and environmental quality, done in 2013-14, and funded by the Commission on Higher Education.