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Twin wins for EBM in Albee Cup semis




Monday, June 26, 2017

TOP-RANKED Talisay City beat host Victorias City, 25-11; 27-25 and Murcia did the same in three sets over Victorias distaff side on Saturday, June 24, in the semifinals of Albee Cup volleyball tournament.

E.B. Magalona proved steadier as its men’s squad mauled Murcia, 17-25; 25-19; 25-17 and its women’s side stopped Silay City, 25-11; 25-19 to figure in the championship in both categories.

Escalante says Unega to support plans of Benitez




Teresa D. Ellera
Thursday, June 15, 2017

SECOND District Board Member Salvador Escalante said Wednesday, June 14, that the United Negros Alliance (Unega) will support the future political plans of Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez.

This, after Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. assured support for Benitez if he will run either for senator or governor in the 2019 elections, said Escalante, secretary-general of Unega.

Sugar leaders: Sweetener tax cut snub a ‘big blow’




By Marchel P. Espina/Teresa D. Ellera
Friday, June 2, 2017

SUGAR leaders in Negros Occidental lamented the lawmakers’ snub of their bid to lower the excise tax on sweetened beverages to minimize its effects to the industry.

Sugar Alliance of the Philippines spokesperson Emilio Yulo III on Thursday, June 1, said the recent passage of the tax reform program in the House of Representatives, which included the excise tax on fuel and sugar sweetened beverage, without consideration to amendments proposed by Visayan legislators is another “big blow” to the sugar industry.

3rd Albee Cup Kicks Off




Saturday, May 27, 2017

ELECTED officials of the Third District of Negros Occidental, including mayors, vice mayors, councilors, barangay captains and councilmen will see action starting in the 3rd Albee Cup Inter-LGU Sportsfest which Saturday, May 27 at the Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center in Silay City.

Congressman Alfredo Benitez, seeing the opportunity to foster stronger camaraderie among public officials in his District and at the same time, promote physical fitness and well-being, launched the sportsfest in 2014. This year’s theme is “ Upod sa hampang, sinadya kag ASENSO sa Metro 3rd”.

NegOcc Provincial Board backs sugar excise tax reduction bid




Thursday, May 25, 2017
By ERWIN P. NICAVERA

THE Negros Occidental Provincial Board urged lawmakers in the House of Representatives to reduce the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages and similar products to prevent adverse effects to the sugar industry.

The move was made through a resolution proposed on mass motion and was approved during the Provincial Board’s regular session Wednesday, May 24.

Fifth District Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairman of committee on laws, rules and ordinances, said this is in support of the efforts of congressmen under the Visayan Bloc asking for a lower excise tax on sugar sweetened commodities.

Benitez submits proposal to cut excise tax on sweetened drinks




Wednesday, May 24, 2017
By Teresa D. Ellera

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez submitted a proposal to the House Committee on Ways and Means to lower the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages from P10 to P5 per liter.

Benitez also proposed to delete the additional excise tax of P4 per liter every year on all products using sugar as sweeteners.

Sugar leaders in Negros Occidental oppose excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages




Monday, May 22, 2017
By Marchel P. Espina

SUGAR leaders in Negros Occidental have expressed strong opposition to the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages as it could hurt the industry.

In a statement issued Sunday, May 21, former vice governor Emilio Yulo III, spokesperson of Sugar Alliance of the Philippines, said the move “will further bring the sugar industry down.”

Benitez has senate slot in Duterte’s party




Tuesday, May 09, 2017
By MARCHEL P. ESPINA

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez was given a slot by the party of President Rodrigo Duterte should he decide to run for senator in the 2019 elections.

This was revealed Tuesday, May 9 by Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who said it was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, secretary-general of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, who offered the senate slot to Benitez.

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