MERGE Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino (right) listens to the concerns of Merlita Uggada, president of the Luzuriaga-Bonifacio Vendors Association, at a dialog at the Central Market in Bacolod City yesterday morning* (CPG photo)

VM, 13 others suspended

Department of Interior and Local Government officials yesterday served a Sandiganbayan 90-day suspension order on the vice mayor and 12 other employees of Silay City.

Silay City Treasurer Elsie Jimenea’s suspension order will be served by the Department of Finance.

The 13 others issued 90-day suspension orders are Vice Mayor Joedith Gallego, City Accountant Emmanuel Arsenal, City Planning Officer Giovanni Guzon, City Engineer Roy Pahilanga, Pepito Hechanova Jr., Alma de la Cruz, Sonia Cordero, Jesus Oppus, Arnie Trajera, Jose Genaro Estraño, Armin Paredes, Alore Golez and Vilma Dooma, a memorandum issued by Negros Occidental DILG Director Carmelo Orbista said. moremoremore

Aquino: Shift to federalism,
Train 2 will worsen economy

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino yesterday said the Senate will definitely not allow a hasty shift to a federal system that would have dire consequences on the country’s economy, with the Filipino people already reeling from the rising prices of goods.

Aquino, who is on a two-day visit to Bacolod City for sectoral consultations, noted that the Duterte administration’s economic managers themselves at a Senate finance committee hearing Wednesday, had warned of the consequences of a shift to federalism now.

The country’s investment grade credit ratings will “go to hell” if the proposed shift to federalism proceeds, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told the Senate committee. moremoremore


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Commercial rice prices
in Negros Occ. up by P2

With the lean season for rice supply coming, prices of commercial rice in Negros Occidental increased by P2 per kilo, National Food Authority-Negros Occidental Manager Frisco Canoy said yesterday.

Canoy said that based on their recent monitoring, commercial rice prices increased due to less rice supply in the province.

He said prices of commercial well-milled rice range from P46 to P48 per kilo, while regular-milled rice costs P42 to P45 per kilo.