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Friday, 29th May 2015
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Sugar industry faces competitiveness challenges

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said it is keen on pushing for the sustainability of the sugar industry with looming trade liberalization in Southeast Asia.

SRA led a public consultation with sugarcane industry stakeholders yesterday at the Iloilo Grand Hotel to discuss the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10659 or the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015 (SIDA).

Maria Regina Bautista-Martin, Sugar Regulatory administrator, said the consultation is aimed at strengthening the law to improve the sugar industry in the country.

Martin said the forum is also in preparation for the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTRA) Agreement which kicked off this year.

“The problem now is that there will be a free trade of products which are cheaper compared to those in the country. So we really need to sustain our sugar industry. We need to be prepared,” she said.

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GIFT issue divides Guimaras dads

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

TOP leaders of Guimaras don't see eye-to-eye on the controversial Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) project.

Governor Samuel Gumarin on Thursday slammed the civil case filed by Vice-Gov. Vicente de Asis against top Iloilo City officials and Double Dragon Properties Corp. in a bid to halt the project.

The lawsuit filed with the Regional Trial Court sought the rescission of the joint venture contract between the City Hall and Double Dragon aside from the issuance of a temporary restraining order and injunctions.

Gumarin said he and the executive department have nothing to do with the case.

“We did not sanction the filing of this case, as we prefer negotiation. In fact, we are in the midst of it,” he added.

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Cabbie nabbed for mulcting chatmate with nude photos

By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon

A TAXI driver was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly spreading nude photos and threatening to expose sensual videos of his girlfriend if she fails to pay him P250,000.

Members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-6) collared Marcelo Cercado, 53, of Barangay Acuit, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, at the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan town.

According to Atty. Ramelo Quinto of NBI-6, Cercado has been acquainted with the 33-year complainant, a teacher from Davao City, for several months already.

The two met each other through Smart Uzzap, an all-in-one unlimited messaging service that lets users stay seamlessly connected across multiple communication channels like IM, SMS, Email, Chat.

They began as textmates, and later as chatmates, until they had an affair nurtured over the internet and text messages.

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October 24, 2012 12:18 AM

ENJOY A WACKY and wicked Halloween at SM City Iloilo on October 31, 2012.

The event is open to all girls and boys, 3-12 years old.

Interested participants may register and purchase a ticket worth P250 from October 15-31, 2012 at Jollibee, SM City Iloilo, SM Delgado and SM Jaro branches.

A ticket is inclusive of two (2) SM bottled water, Jollibee Meal good for two (2) persons, one (1) Ride-All-You-Can tag of SM Storyland, Mascot Show, Games and Prizes

Contestants may join in any of the following categories: Cutest Costume, Spookiest Costume and Wackiest Costume. Prizes at stake for each category are: 1st Prize-5,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates, 2nd prize-2,500 worth of SM Gift Certificates, 3rd prize-1,500 worth of SM Gift Certificates.

Costumes will be judged according to Visual Impact-30% ,Creativity-30%, Adherence to theme-30% and Stage presence-20% for a total 0f 100%.

All SM Supermalls employees, its affiliates, anchors, organizers and advertising agencies up to              the second level of infinity and consanguinity are not qualified to join this competition.

The Halloween Costume Contest is brought to you by: Cadbury, Jem Junior, Bibo, Jollibee, SM Foodcourt, SM Storyland and Picture City.

Meanwhile, other exciting events are in store for shoppers to enjoy.

On October 27, Anigumi Joukai Halloween Cosplay Party will color the stage with their beautiful costumes, 3pm at the Toy Kingdon area.

The Pavia Dog Lovers Association will hold the Bow Wow Wacky Dog Show on October 28, 2pm at the Toy Kingdom area.

A trick or treat activity is also in store for kids on October 31 10am to 3pm, wherein they can get treats from SM mall tenants.

To document your experience at SM, you can also post your wackiest Halloween photo with SM City Iloilo background and win special prizes, through the Wacky photo contest from October 27-31.

Celebrate your Halloween with SM because everything’s here for the family to enjoy!

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Raps for top cops

May 29, 2015 03:46 AM

THE blazing headline was unexpected because we all thought that the case involving several top officers of the Philippine National Police and some of their men had already been resolved and relegated into the pages of criminal history. But there it was – the headline for the opening of the week:  Multiple raps filed vs. 36 police officers, prosecutor. Read more...

Restore the sense of penance

May 29, 2015 03:42 AM

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

LET’S do something about this grave concern. We cannot deny that we are losing the genuine sense of penance. It’s a word that nowadays hardly figures in the vocabulary of the people, especially the young.
But we, of course, have to be optimistic about this. No matter how ugly things look at the moment, there is always hope. Read more...

Will more cockpits stop illegal cockfights?

May 29, 2015 03:36 AM

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

ILOILO City councilor Lyndon Acap, committee on games and professional sports chairman, said the only way to stop illegal cockfighting is to have more cockpits in the city. Read more...

Hypocrisies and disturbing situations

May 29, 2015 03:34 AM

By: Ronie Ticaya

FILIPINO culture is weird, yeah? We say we care for the poor kid but we still continue humiliating him in social media. Why is that?

The sight angers us, it was troubling and we feel sorry for the kid but we kept on sharing his photo to the rest of the world nonetheless. Read more...

Crowfunding Trend in Entrepreneurship

May 29, 2015 03:30 AM

By: Lucell Larawan

CROWDFUNDING is a new form of financing for start-up entrepreneurs, an online platform that can raise funds from many donors.

The donors are usually friends, family members and those who trust in one’s cause. For the donors’ generosity, the fund campaigners remunerate through perks that are non-monetary—the type of reward usually allowed so far. Read more...

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