Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and SRA Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin  yesterday.*

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Albee bill to boost
value of sugarcane


Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) is filing an expanded bill that aims to raise the value of sugarcane through the creation of integrated agro industrial economic zones that will not only produce sugar, but fuel, power and other by-products, to enable the industry to survive trade liberalization beyond 2015.

It will now be known as the Sugarcane Act, instead of the Sugar Act, he said yesterday.

Benitez made the announcement with Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista Martin at a press conference at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City after receiving the consolidated inputs from various sugar federations.moremoremore

Solon denies
kingmaker tag

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday denied talk that he is the new political kingmaker in Negros Occidental and added that the United Negros Alliance has adopted a consensus approach to decision making.

At a press conference in Talisay City, Benitez, also denied that Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco has delegated to him the “political kingmaking”  task in the province.

Questions were raised after Benitez was seen as spearheading the move to hold a special congressional election in the fifth district of Negros Occidental. It has also been noted that several politicians in the province have been gravitating towards him.moremoremore

Capitol land sale
faces further delay


It looks like the Negros Occidental provincial government will have to wait some more before it can sell and lease its 7.7-hectare property in Bacolod City to Ayala Land Inc.

That is because the Commission on Audit commission proper, in its deliberations Monday on the review of the Capitol’s deed of sale and contract of lease, did not come up with a ruling.

COA spokesman Gilbert Kintanar yesterday said the commission proper, composed of the COA chair and two commissioners, has instead ordered a technical team from its Technical Services Office to evaluate and re-appraise the value of the property and to report back on its findings.moremoremore

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