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11 Negros solons vote yes to extension of martial law



Thursday, December 14, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

All of Negros Island's representatives, except Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano of Sipalay City, yesterday voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2018 .

They along with the majority of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, in a joint session, granted President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of writ of habeas corpus from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018.

‘Majority in Visayan bloc for extending martial law'



Wednesday, December 13, 2017
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The members of the Visayan bloc are expected to join the majority in the Lower Housetoday in voting in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), when asked yesterday how he and the majority of the Visayan bloc will vote on the extension of mayor law, said “in favor”.

Love Negros



Wednedday, December 13, 2017



LOVE NEGROS. Sipalay Mayor Oscar Montilla, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) and Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (l-r) were among the Love Negros members at the Bacolod Pavillon Monday night for their Christmas party, where they said political plans for 2019 were not tackled.*

ARBs group commends lawmaker




Monday, December 11, 2017

THE Negros Farm Workers and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Producers Federation (Nefarb) commended Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez for filing House Resolution No. 2017, acting promptly on their call to investigate the continuous drop of sugar prices.

Benitez filed on December 6, House Resolution No. 1512 after he received reports of alleged manipulation by some traders that have pulled down the prices of sugar.

Group praises congressman for investigation into alleged sugar price manipulation

Cornelio: If farmers are forced out, a government bailout will be demanded



December 11, 2017
By Paulo Loreto Lim

The Negros Farmworkers and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Producers Federation (NeFARB) praised Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez after he filed a resolution last week calling for an investigation into the ongoing decline in “mill gate” sugar prices.

In a statement by the organization, NeFARB Chair Sandrico Cornelio speculated, if the investigation reveals misdeeds in the pricing of sugar, it would be a benefit to local laborers.
“This [would] be a whopping relief for the 60,000 small and medium sugarcane planters,” he asserted.

Benitez lauded for seeking probe on drop of sugar price



Monday, December 11, 2017

The Negros Farm Workers and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Producer Federation has commended Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) for filing a House resolution, and acting promptly on its call to investigate the continuous drop in the prices of sugar, its press release said.

The resolution calls on the appropriate committee to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, of the continuous drop in the mill gate prices of domestic sugar.

Lawmaker seeks House probe on declining sugar prices




Thursday, December 07, 2017

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez has asked an appropriate House committee to conduct an inquiry on the continuous drop in the mill gate sugar prices.

Benitez filed on WednesdayHouse Resolution No. 1512 after he said last week that he received reports of alleged manipulation by some traders that have pulled down the prices of sugar.

More gains at Bicam -Zubiri; Benitez files price probe bid



Thursday, December 7, 2017
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said further gains were reached yesterdayfor the sugar industry during the bicameral conference committee's revision of the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSB).

“It is a great victory for the industry,” he said in a text message.

The bicameral committee,aside from agreeing on PHP6 per liter excise tax forSSBs using sugar, and PHP12 per liter for High Fructose Corn Syrup, also agreed that there will be no more further tax increase for several years, he said.

Benitez Formally Submits Resolution Calling For an Investigation Into Sugar Prices



December 7, 2017
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez yesterday filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the ongoing decline in “mill gate” sugar prices.

Through House Resolution No. 1512, the congressman cited 2017-2018 crop year data showing “mill gate prices continued to decline, starting September 2017, dropping by 26 percent to P1,190 per 50-kilogram bag as of November 5.”

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