NFSP US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and US Agricultural Counselor Ralph Bean (5th and 4th from left) host sugar leaders CONFED-Negros-Panay Chairman Francisco dela Rama, UNIFED President Manuel Lamata, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin and NFSP President Enrique Rojas (l-r) during the recent Great American Barbeque at the US Embassy.*

PNoy urged: Probe friend
linked to sugar smuggling

Sugar industry leaders yesterday called on President Benigno Aquino to order an investigation on a report linking his shooting buddy, former Assistant Transportation Secretary Virginia Torres, to smuggled sugar.

A Philippine Daily Inquirer report yesterday said Torres reportedly showed up at the Customs-Intelligence Group office on Aug. 20 allegedly to negotiate for the release of at least 64 shipping containers of smuggled Thai sugar, worth more than P100 million, but did not succeed.

Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines, said the president should have this investigated, and if true, then she should be prosecuted.moremoremore

Poll protests vs.
Toboso officials junked


The San Carlos Regional Trial Court has dismissed election protests filed against Mayor Richard Jaojoco, Vice Mayor Evello Valencia Jr. and eight councilors of Toboso, Negros Occidental, for lack of merit after a revision of votes showed that they indeed won in the 2013 polls.

San Carlos RTC Branch 59 Judge Kathrine Go, in her decision received by Jaojoco Friday, said the results of the vote recount conducted by the court did not affect the results of the 2013 polls in Toboso.

Losing Toboso mayoral candidate Ma. Luisa dela Cruz filed Election Protest 041-2013 against Jaojoco, and Edilberto Sayat filed Election Protest 042-2013 against Valencia.


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NOPPO holds target
hardening measures

Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office director, Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, confirmed that they had conducted target hardening measures as a standard response to intelligence reports of a group of terrorists from Mindanao, who will reportedly be in the province for a mission.

He said there is no cause for alarm because Philippine Navy patrol ships are already monitoring the seas off Dumaguete and Siquijor island, in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard, the Maritime police, and the Philippine Army, that is in charge of the coastal areas.

The deployment of the Navy ships and the Army troopers from the 79 th Infantry Battalion is a precautionary measure, under the joint task force, to keep the peace in the province. moremoremore