clean up Carnival rides at the SM Bacolod grounds at the reclamation area in Bacolod City are up for the MassKara Festival in October.* ( Chrysee Samillano photos)

Use of smuggled sugar
as carrier of drugs hit

The sugar industry supports the war of President Rodrigo Duterte against illegal drugs, especially because smuggled sugar is being used as a camouflage to bring the illegal substance into the country, Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines Inc., said yesterday.

He said the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines, an association of sugar planters and millers, has issued a statement expressing its absolute support for the all-out campaign of the president against illegal drugs.

“We are relentless in our campaign against sugar smuggling and we abhor the use of smuggled sugar as carrier of drugs,” the SAP statement signed by leaders of the industry said. moremoremore

DAR expansion push opposed

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano yesterday called on the Senate to pass a new law that will expand the agrarian reform program and introduce a free or low-cost land distribution scheme, while sugar leaders expressed their opposition to the move.

Enrique Rojas, National Federation of Sugarcane Planters president, said even President Rodrigo Duterte has stated that compulsory acquisition of private lands under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) has to stop because the program has not achieved its economic objectives.

If the government so desires, it can distribute public lands, Rojas said. moremoremore


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Vietnam school official
clarifies teachers' gripe

Ocean Edu, one of the biggest language schools in Vietnam, is consulting with its lawyers in the Philippines with what can be done with the allegations of “unfair labor practice” hurled against its training director, Nico James Bantayanon, and reported in the local media over the weekend.

Bantayanon, of Dauin, Negros Oriental, has categorically said in an e-mailed communication to the DAILY STAR, that the two complainants, Suzette Maricar Orden and Ann Beverly Verbosidad, have since then resigned from Ocean Edu.

“Orden arrived in Vietnam on June 17, 2016 where she was immediately given an orientation and training. A day after, she was assigned in Ocean Edu Tu Son Branch with full teaching load,” Bantayanon clarified, adding that “it is contrary to her allegation that she did not have teaching load when she arrived.”.