Edith Colmo

Sugar Workers Urge Gov’t to Prioritize Support to Sugar Industry

Instead of passing on additional burden to the small sugarcane planters in form of taxes, John Lozande, secretary general of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) urges the government to prioritize support to the sugar industry..

Lozande said, the proposed bill imposing an excise tax on sweetened beverages is similar to other previous measures of the government, like the recently imposed 12 percent value added tax on refined and raw sugar, which are affecting negatively the industry.

Korea-Bacolod Direct Flight Starts Dec. 25

The 17 direct flights from Korea to Bacolod Silay Airport will start 2:52 a.m. on December 25, through the Mode Tour Travel Agency via Philippine Airlines (PAL) with 180 Korean passengers.

Facilitated by WV Tourism Council Chairman Atty John N. Orola, Jr the arriving Koreans are golf enthusiasts. The weekly Korea-Bacolod flights will be until February 2016, with 180 passengers per flight.

This would mean a huge income for the City of Bacolod and the province of Negros Occidental, Orola said.

Ex-Gov. Coscolluela Indorses Senatorial Bet Raffy Alunan

Former Negros Occidental Gov. Lito Coscolluela, and now head of Provincial Enterprise Development & Investment Center, who was recently appointed to chair the Liberal Party in the province, boldly indorses his fellow Negrense classmate Rafael Alunan, former secretary of tourism underthe Cory administration, and DILG secretary under the Ramos regime.

Rafael Alunan, left, former secretary of tourism and DILG, with former Neg. Occ Gov. Lito Coscolluela, right, now head of Provincial Enterprise Development & Investment Center (PEDIC) are hesitant on the passage of excise tax bill on sugar sweetened beverages proposed in congress for it will greatly affect the poor.* (EBColmo)

Masses Demand Justice for CAFGU Murder: Army Urges CHR, KARAPATAN to Investigate

Some 600 civilians and family members of CAFGU Romualdo Dollente have joined the indignation rally over the weekend in the streets of Poblacion, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, demanding justice for the murder of Dollente at the same time condemning such act.

Dollente, father of 6, was reportedly shot at the back by members of the NPA last Nov. 30 at the public market of Cauayan.


Alan Gensoli Arman Toga Cyrus Garde Desiderio Deferia Edith Colmo
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