CANE The drop in sugar prices will hurt the industry's workforce, too* ( Andy Alvarez photo)

‘HFCS still driving
sugar prices down'

Sugar leaders were alarmed yesterday over the further drop in the prices of domestic sugar this week, which they blamed on the massive importation of High Fructose Corn Syrup.

In response to the clamor of the sugar industry, the Sugar Regulatory Administration last week classified HFCS being imported by food and beverage companies as sugar to enable it to regulate its release into the local market.

But Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers' Federation of the Philippines, yesterday blamed the drop in sugar prices from P1,475 perLkg last week to P1,383 this week on the effects of HFCS imported by beverage firms from China and Korea. moremoremore

Call center agent
identifies ‘rapist'

A call center agent, who was robbed and raped Wednesday, positively identified one of the two suspects at Police Station 7 in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday afternoon, the police said.

The suspect, whose name the police withheld pending the filing of charges against him, went to Station 7 yesterday after he was informed that authorities were running after him, Chief Insp. Charles Gever, the station's commander, said yesterday.

Gever said the suspect told the police that he wanted to clear his name and to deny the allegations that he robbed and raped the 26-year-old victim, whose name the DAILY STAR withheld to protect her identity. moremoremore


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NegOr organizes group
in drug war resumption

The Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit was organized to replace the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group that will continue the anti-drug campaign in Negros Oriental.

This was disclosed by the team leader, Police Senior Inspector Don Richmon Conag, whose team scored the other night during their maiden operation in the resumption of anti-drugs campaign in the province.

Conag said the PDEU was organized effective February 28, following President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement Monday, authorizing the Philippine National Police to form anti-drug units to jointly conduct operations with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. .