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Otso Diretso bets to push for NIR restoration, oppose sugar liberalization

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Senatorial bets belonging to the opposition party promised to restore the Negros Island Region (NIR) and block the liberalization of sugar imports, The Visayan Daily Star reported.

Otso Diretso’s Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Quezon representative Erin Tañada, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and civil society leader Samira Gutoc were in Bacolod City on Friday.

On one hand, Senator Bam Aquino was represented by his wife, Timil; former senator Mar Roxas by his cousin Margarita Fores; and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal by his son-in-law, lawyer Ace Bautista.

The candidates believe that the restoration of the NIR will promote more efficient operations and coordination between Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

They also said the proposal to liberalize sugar importation will result in the collapse of the sugar industry.