TEENAGER Security officers attend to the teenager after his fall at SM City.* ( Patrick Lacson photo )

15 solons take action
on HFCS; rally Friday

Fifteen congressmen from sugar producing provinces are seeking a House inquiry into the unabated entry of High Fructose Corn Syrup into the country, to ensure the sustainability of the domestic sugar industry, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.

The KilusangPagbabago–Negros Island Region, meanwhile, in coordination with the Sugar Solidarity Against HFCS, is staging a protest in Bacolod City tomorrow to also demand the regulation of high fructose corn syrup importation.

Gasataya said the 15 congressmen are filing a resolution next week urging the appropriate House committees to immediately conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation on the impact of the importation, use and sale of HFCS in the Philippines, on the sustainability of the sugar industry.

Teen survives fall at SM

A teenager jumped off from the second floor of SM City Bacolod at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City, at about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, Senior Supt. Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office, said last night.

The victim, whose name the DAILY STAR withheld for being a minor, was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Wanky said.

A source, who requested anonymity, told the DAILY STAR that the victim, about 16 to 17 years old,was now conscious at the hospital but he has to undergo surgery. moremoremore


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PCSO eyeing STL to curb
illegal gambling in NegOr

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office branch manager Belena Alvarez confirmed that Negros Oriental is among the 56 areas where the operation of Small Town Lottery would be expanded, to increase revenues and curb illegal gambling.

Alvarez said Four Aces, with office in Cebu, has been granted an authority to operate the STL in the province but will have to coordinate with the local branch for the submission of their Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipts, referring to their monthly projected income, as among the most important documents needed, for the company to start its operation in the province.

At present, 112 lotto outlets are operating in Negros Oriental with no restrictions as to the number of outlets to be established, as long as they comply with the distance requirement, which is 100 meters away from schools, and 50 meters away from another lotto outlet. .