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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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It can be traced back to the juicy position of the Secretary of Labor during the time of former Pres. Corazon Aquino. It could have been for King Arthur but then Executive Secretary Drilon gave it to Ruben Torres. Now you know what that means!

But in politics there are no permanent friends or enemies only permanent interest. Thus, I predict the eventual reconciliation of the two Ilonggos before the upcoming 2013 election. This is not good, however, for Niel Tupas Sr. who had long planned his return to the Kingdom by the River as governor.

The entry of Defensor with the Liberal Party could be good for Sen. Drilon. This may also be an assurance of his solid political leadership among kingpins and warlords of the province. What about its consequences? I just hope this beautiful dream is not a nightmare for others.

Once Gov. Defensor decides to join the Liberal Party, for sure, as a precondition, he is entitled to seek reelection. Because of the equity of the incumbent, this would surely deprive the elder Tupas his dream of a comeback and rule once again the Kingdom by the River in 2013.

This is a dream comes true for King Oca of the First District if the Defensor-Garin tandem remains unbroken until 2013. King Oca knew that he lagged behind King Niel in the competition for expansion of political empires in the province.

The Tupas family has control of the Fifth District and their patriarch has gained a foothold in the Fourth. This was proven in the last election when Niel Sr. ran for congressman against Cong. Ferj Biron. But the parameter of King Oca’s turf is only confined in the First District of Iloilo.

Without Tupas’s interference, the unbroken Defensor-Garin tandem in 2013 elections would ensure the warlord from the First District that in the event King Arthur resigns in 2016, a member of the Garin family could eventually become ruler of the Kingdom by the River.

This is not good for King Niel Sr. But peace must stay that Sen. Drilon must offer an appointive but enticing position the King will accept. If not, another option is to run for Congress in the Fourth District against Mayor Hernan Biron Sr. or son Biron Jr..

There is a growing public belief that the planned transfer of Gov. Defensor to the Liberal Party is the handiwork of King Oca. He is probably alarmed by the expanding empire of King Niel in the province and fears its affect on his foothold in the nearby municipalities of his turf. In fact, Lex Tupas, the youngest Tupas son, has already invaded the city as member of the city council.

No wonder if all the Garins will join the fray in 2013 to stay in tune for 2016. King Oca may field his wife or daughter-in-law for vice governor and/or board member vice versa. His vice governor son Richard may settle for mayor of Guimbal and his daughter Sharon, mayor of the town will run for Congress.

If the transfer of Defensor to the Liberal Party pushes through, King Niel has no choice but to abide with the ruling on “equity of the incumbent.” The Tupases are now “in sequenter” - not in the proper order of succession. King Niel may run for Congress in the Fourth District, but is the prize at stake in that war more worthy than the Capitol battles he has been fighting?

Here’s something for coffee habituates. A neophyte politician wants to challenge Cong. “Boboy” Syjuco but failed to get the nod of Sen. Drilon who prefers Mayor Kadz of Pavia, Iloilo. So he went straight to the temple of gods at the northern part of the island for blessing. A bright boy indeed, good luck Jojo!

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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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