DUTERTE Protestors torch the effigies of presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump at the Bacolod public plaza* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

We won but fight is not over
Prepare for HFCS battle before WTO, Zubiri says

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said that while the sugar industry has won the fight against high fructose corn syrup in the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) expected to become a law this month, the fight is not over.

The next fight will be before the World Trade Organization, Zubiri, who met with sugar leaders and Negros Occidental officials at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City, said at a press conference yesterday.

The bicameral conference committee last week approved a sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) tax of PHP6 per liter for those using all sugar and sugar substitutes, except for HFCS that is at PHP12, Zubiri, who led the fight at for the sugar industry at the bicam deliberations, said. moremoremore

Protestors slam
Trump, Duterte rule

Effigies of the head of President Rodrigo Duterte atop the body of a dog on a leash held by US President Donald Trump were torched at the Bacolod public plaza yesterday afternoon to mark the 69 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

About 3,000 Bayan Negros-led protestors who marched from the Capitol in the north and the Lupit Church in the south to converge at the plaza chanted “Duterte patalsikin, patalsikin, pagbayarin (Duterte kick him out, kick him out, make him pay”.

They carried placards calling for the resumption of peace talks, an end to extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses, and justice for slain leaders of progressive groups. .moremoremore


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Participatory assessment a must
on ship recycling project: official

Executive director Gizelda Mayo-Anda of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center said participatory assessment, both from the community and the local government, is a must on the proposed ship recycling project as it could change the landscape of the site where it will be set upin south Negros.

In an interview Thursday in Cebu City, Mayo-Anda said the community and the government should engage and work closely on whether to push for the project or not.

This proposed ship recycling and reuse facility will be built in Barangay Bacuyangan in Hinobaan town. It will have an initial cost of $300 million and will be built by Japanese firmTsuneishi Heavy Industries.. .