Wennie Sancho, Manuel Lamata, Enrique Rojas, Francis de la Rama and Emilio Yulo III (l-r) launching the boycott on Pepsi Cola products yesterday*
The fishing boats of 23 fishermen from Mindanao now docked in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, and Bayawan in Negros Oriental, are being temporarily held by the police and Philippine Coast Guard for investigation, as Negros Island Region authorities tighten security in coastal areas amid terror threats.
This was after the Philippine Coast Guard arrested a sister of the Maute brothers on board a ship, with two suspected terrorists, at the Iloilo port on Sunday.
Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales, Negros Island Region police director, yesterday reminded the provincial police directors of Negros Occidental and Oriental, as well the Bacolod City Police Office, about the implementation of target hardening measures of all police stations.
launch Pepsi boycott
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Leaders of the sugar industry yesterday launched a boycott of Pepsi-Cola products, which they said will only be called off when the firm commits to buy more locally produced cane sugar over imported high fructose corn syrup.
The boycott was announced by Sugar Alliance of the Philippines leaders Manuel Lamata, Enrique Rojas and Francis de la Rama at a press conference also attended by SAP spokesman EmilioYulo III and labor leaders Wennie Sancho and Hernane Braza at Resorts Negrense in Punta Taytay, Bacolod City.
The group earlier also launched a boycott on Coca-Cola products for the firm's allegedly being the biggest importer of HFCS, which they have not lifted yet, Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers' Federation of the Philippines, said.
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2 killed in shooting
BY GILBERT BAYORAN & RENE GENOVE
A supervisor of a construction company and a rice field owner were killed in shooting incidents in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, and Escalante City, Negros Occidental, Saturday.
Two riding-in-tandem suspects shot and killed Rey Anthony Gayo Sillero, 36, of Amihan in Brgy. Candau-ay, and an assistant supervisor of PhilSouth Construction, in Purok Saging, also of the barangay, in Dumaguete City.
Police investigation showed that the victim was on his way to work on board a motorcycle when the two suspects, who were in another motorcycle, overtook him, and one of them shot him in the back.