DENR Newly installed Negros Occidental Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgardo Rostata holds the symbolic key with Regional Director Al Orolfo and outgoing PENRO Andres Untal (right) yesterday* ( MM photo )

Court denies Coke TRO
Beverage firm buying P4.9B in HFCS

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court has denied the petition of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines for a Temporary Restraining Order to enjoin the Sugar Regulatory Administration and the Bureau of Customs from enforcing Sugar Order No. 3 (SO3) Series 2016-2017, that grants the regulation of the release of imported High Fructose Corn Syrup and chemically pure fructose into the country.

In her 9-page resolution issued March 10, Quezon City RTC Branch 98 Presiding Judge Marilou Runes-Tamangset the hearing to determine the aptness of the issuance of preliminary injunction and eventually of a permanent injunction at 8:30 a.m. March 20.

Coke, in its civil case seeking the nullification of SO3, named Sugar Regulatory Administration chief Anna Rosario Paner, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Customs Commissioner NicanorFaeldon and Sugar Board members HermenegildoSerafica and Roland Beltran as respondents. moremoremore

Support boycott, s
ugar leader calls

A sugar industry leader yesterday called on the public to support a protest action and boycott of companies using High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, issued the call amid alarm that the massive importation of HFCS is causing the drop in the price of Philippine sugar.

“Your cooperation is indispensable for the continued sustainability of the sugar industry and of our thousands of small farmers and the millions of Filipinos who depend on the sugar industry,” Rojas said in his appeal. moremoremore


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NORPPO welcomes CHR probe
on cops' involvement in ‘EJKs'

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental welcomes the investigation conducted by the Commission on Human Rights on alleged cases of extrajudicial killings in the province since Operation Tokhang was launched in July.

Acting provincial police director, Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, was told that four policemen from Vallehermoso town are under investigation for the wounding of one person and the death of another following an alleged buy-bust operation on Jan. 17, 2017.

George Paras was killed in that operation while Jose Montemayor is recuperating at the provincial hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds on his body. .