PNoy urged: Probe friend
linked to sugar smuggling
BY CARLA GOMEZ
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.
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.
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NOPPO holds target
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
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.