MERGE Former president and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (left) and Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. (right), Rep. Melecio Yap Jr. (2nd from left) and Roxas Holdings Inc. executives led by Hubert Tubio, Arcadio Lozada Jr., Jose Villanueva III, Damaso Agudelo Jr., and Jose Manuel Mapa yesterday at the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. ethanol plant in San Carlos City* (MPE photo)


GMA to tackle appeal
of ethanol producers
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

SAN CARLOS CITY – Former president and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will act on the appeal of local ethanol producers to import molasses, the feedstock used for bioethanol, in an oversight committee hearing on April 25.

Arroyo was in the province yesterday to visit the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. ethanol plant, a subsidiary of Roxas Holdings Inc. This was part of her “sentimental journey,” as she revisits the priority projects of her presidency to check on their status.

She was joined by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Rep. Melecio Yap Jr. (Neg. Occ., 1st District), and San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. moremoremore


Police rescue kidnapped baby
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

A baby boy from Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City, who was allegedly kidnapped Monday was rescued from his babysitter in Miag-ao town, Iloilo province, at about 7 a.m. yesterday.

The 19-year-old suspect of Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod, took the one year and three months old baby she had been babysitting for three weeks, Police Maj. Sherlock Gabana, Station 7 chief, said yesterday.

Investigation showed that the nanny told her boyfriend, who is a resident of Miag-ao, that the baby is theirs, and based on the couple’s Facebook accounts, they have been posting photos of the baby and considering him as their own since September last year, Gabana said. moremoremore

 

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Provide farmers with fertilizers,
guv asks ethanol plant officials
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. urged the executives of San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. ethanol plant, a subsidiary of Roxas Holdings Inc., to help the farmers in the province by providing liquid organic fertilizers.

Marañon spoke at the meeting yesterday of RHI officials with former president and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in San Carlos City.

During the meeting, it was mentioned that the plant was producing its own liquid organic fertilizer for the farms that provide them with sugarcane for bioethanol.