Protestors stall traffic in front of the Coca-Cola plant in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod.*
( Andy Alvarez photo )
About 6,000 protestors gathered in front of the Coca-Cola plant in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday morning to slam the “massive” importation of High Fructose Corn Syrup to the detriment of the Philippine sugar industry, and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol for allegedly “favoring” the foreign multinational firm.
The protestors called for a boycott of Coke and other beverage firms using HFCS, claiming this has caused a drop in domestic sugar prices from above P1,800 per LKg in December to a little above P1,300 Lkg last week.
The protestors who gathered in front of the Coca-Cola plant at Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod, stalled and slowed traffic from about 8 to 11 a.m. as a battery of speakers from planters and labor groups, and government officials warned of the demise of the Philippine sugar industry if the massive importation of HFCS is not curbed.
Coke says: Boycott on us
to hurt sugar industry, too
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines yesterday maintained that it has always been and will continue to be a strong partner and driver of the Philippine sugar industry.
In a statement furnished the DAILY STAR, it said a boycott on its products will threaten the Philippine sugar industry itself.
“We are thus dismayed by the call to boycott our products, made by members of the industry that we have long considered our partners. The truth is that the loss of sales from a boycott will hit the local communities the hardest,” it added.
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versus Bais mayor, SP
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
A regional trial court judge has dismissed the petition for declaratory relief with prayer for preliminary mandatory injunction filed against Bais Mayor Mercy Goñi, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and Metro Gaisano.
Bais City legal officer Lloyd Jeson Elmaco said yesterday that his office has received the 22-page decision of Judge Candelario Guillermo Gonzalez of RTC Branch 45 on the petition filed against Goñi and the other respondents.
The complainants had filed the petition in relation to the mayor's decision to Metro Gaisano to put up business at the city's market complex..