sugar SRA Administrator Anna Rosario Paner joins Archie Baribar and the protestors in front of the SRA office in Bacolod City yesterday.* ( CPG photo )

Paner to raise HFCS issue
with Duterte, agri secretary

Sugar Regulatory Administration head Anna Rosario Paner yesterday promised to bring the manifesto of protesting sugar industry stakeholders calling for the regulation of the entry of High Fructose Corn Syrup into the country to the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

The Sugar Solidarity Against HFCS (SSA-HFCS) manifesto said the immediate SRA regulation of the entry of HFCS to prevent it from driving down the price of locally produced sugar is needed to protect the livelihood of millions of Filipinos who are dependent on the sugar industry for their survival.

“I hear what you are saying and understand where you are coming from,” Paner told the industry stakeholders. moremoremore

We're still using
cane sugar: Coke

Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, in a statement it issued yesterday, said contrary to the claims that they have not been purchasing local sugar, a study cited by the SugarRegulatory Administration and conducted by the University of the Philippines found thatthe beverage industry uses 40 percent of the total Philippine sugar production.

As such, Coca-ColaFEMSA Philippines remains a strong partner of the sugar industry and one of the mainpurchasers of local sugar, the firm said, following a rally staged by agrarian reforms beneficiaries at its plant in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday morning.

Ranie Lava, an agrarian reform beneficiary who was among those who protested in front of the Coca-Cola plant yesterday, said the beverage firm's use of imported HFCSin its products has caused a drop in prices of locally produced cane sugar. moremoremore


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BJMP seizes 150-gram
‘shabu' thrown into jail

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel confiscated more than 150 grams of suspected shabu, worth about P1 million in street value, placed in a brown envelop and thrown into the district jail in Bajumpandan, Dumaguete, at about 5 p.m. yesterday.

One gram of shabu has a street value of P9,000, authorities said.

The envelope, with markings “tambok”, contained a big bulto (pack) of suspected shabu, weighing about 100 to 150 grams, and thrown by unidentified suspects believed to have contacts inside the jail through cellphones..