congress CHAMPIONS. Contingent No. 5 composed of barangays Poblacion1, Poblacion 2, Old Sagay and Taba-ao was the grand champion in the Sinigayan Festival 2017 in Sagay City yesterday* ( Ronnie Baldonado photo )

Anti HFCS rally today,
traffic jam warning out

The police are on full alert for a“big rally”calling for a boycott of food and beverage firms' products using High Fructose Corn Syrup,which is expected to cause traffic jams in several areas in Bacolod City this morning.

About 5,000 sugar industry stakeholders and Negros Occidental officials are expected at the anti-HFCS rally in front of the Coca-Cola plant in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, their spokesperson, Emilio “Dino” YuloIII, said yesterday.

Traffic congestion, especially for travellers from San Carlos City and Salvador Benedicto town, is expected with about 150 cane trucks expected to join the protest. moremoremore

Guv backs sugarmen

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the provincial government is in solidarity with the sugar industry in its campaign against the unregulated importation of the high fructose corn syrup.

Anchored on data presented by the Sugar Regulatory Administration, the volume of HFCS inflow being consumed by soda and beverage companies is equivalent to more than 5 Million 50kg bags of sugar, he said.

Imagine the far-reaching effect of this importation to then economy and to the millions in the labor sector, Marañon said. moremoremore


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Dumaguete cops visit
2 ‘drug hot spot' brgys

Two barangays in Dumaguete City, that are considered hot spots, in the proliferation of illegal drugs, were visited recently by personnel of the Dumaguete City Police as part of Operation Double Barrel Reloaded.

Headed by the chief of police, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, police personnel and barangay officials revisited surrenderers under Oplan Tokhang of barangays Looc and Cadawinonan.

Atanacio said the re-visitation is aimed at making sure the personalities are accounted for, aside from verifying their present status, after a lull of almost two months in the anti-drug operation..