Watchmen Daily Journal

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 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.”

Congressman Suggests Ongoing Price Manipulation Among Sugar Traders


Benitez: I will file a resolution calling for an inquiry into the matter



Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Paulo Loreto Lim

Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez yesterday echoed the call of sugarcane planters, who recently demanded the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) conduct an investigation into dropping “mill gate prices,” revealing plans to convene a congressional investigation.

“I will file a resolution on Monday to call [an] inquiry into this matter,” the congressman said.

Benitez: Federalism ‘Running Against Time’ Due To Heavy Congressional Agenda



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
November 23, 2017

Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez said, with both chambers of Congress currently handling several pending bills, along with impeachment proceedings for Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the time frame to discuss the transition to federalism continues to dwindle.

Negros Occidental 3rd District Mayors Sign Agreement with Teach for the Philippines



November 16, 2017

The mayors of third congressional district local government units Talisay City, Silay City, and Victorias City recently signed an agreement that would have teacher-fellows trained by Teach for the Philippines (TFP), a non-profit organization that works to expanding education across the country, working in local public schools.



(From left) Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares III, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Teach for the Philippines (TFP) Vice Chair Margarita Delgado, and Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez after signing an agreement to have TFP teacher-fellows work in local public schools.

Alvarez Endorses Benitez for Senate



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
October 6, 2017

PDP-Laban secretary-general, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, formally endorsed Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez, along with Bataan first district Rep. Geraldine Roman, for senatorial runs in 2019.

“If you support President Rodrigo Duterte, this coming 2019 election, you should support the PDP-Laban, including Senator Benitez,” the speaker declared during his address at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R). “Give us 12-0 in the Senate.”

UNEGA TO HOLD CONVENTION AHEAD OF 2019 ELECTIONS BOARD MEMBER: PARTY BACKS BENITEZ



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
July 12, 2017

Negros Occidental Provincial Board Member Alain Gatuslao recently revealed the United Negros Alliance (UNegA) is planning to hold a convention ahead of the 2019 elections.
He called it a “fellowship,” saying members have not met as a group lately.

With Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. in his third and final term, talk has arisen surrounding a possible gubernatorial run for Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez, who was recently backed by the mayors of his district.

ALBEE FOR GUV IN ‘19? PADUANO WANTS NEGRENSE SENATOR



By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
July 4, 2017

The five mayors of the Negros Occidental third congressional district publicly endorsed their local representative, Alfredo Benitez, for governor in 2019.

Victorias City Mayor Frederick Palanca, EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, and Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano all said they would support him if he declares a gubernatorial run.

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