COKE Agriculture Secretary Manuel Piñol and Coca Cola Femsa general manager Diego Granizo (3 rd and 2 nd from left) in a meeting with lawyers Adel Tamano and Juan Lorenzo Tañada.*

DA finds win-win solution,
planters don't trust Coke

Unless Coca-Cola puts its commitment to buy more local sugar in writing, in the form of purchase orders, we cannot take its statement seriously.Enrique Rojas, president of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, said yesterday.

“Last year, Coke also assured sugar industry leaders that it would minimize its High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) importation and would buy a large volume of domestic sugar. The next thing we knew, Coke had imported 234,863 MT of HFCS as of September 2016, its largest importation in the past six years,” Rojas said.

Rojas was reacting to the statement of Coca-Cola Femsa that the company is willing to buy more local sugar for its soft drinks production after a 6-month period to be able to install new clarification equipment that would process raw sugar to syrup. moremoremore

Labor declares Piñol
‘persona non grata'

Labor and agrarian reform beneficiary groups in Negros Occidental passed a resolution yesterday declaring Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol “persona non grata”.

This was announced by Wennie Sancho, secretary general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, at a press conference in Bacolod City yesterday attended by 15 leaders of labor groups in Negros Occidental claiming a total membership of about 10,000.

The resolution also calls for the resignation of Piñol. moremoremore


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CHR, PNP rescue rape victim

Personnel of the Commission on Human Rights in Negros Oriental and the Provincial Intelligence Bureau of the Philippine National Police yesterday rescued a 17-year old girl, who was repeatedly raped allegedly by her father for about 10 years now.

CHR-Negros Oriental chief and special investigator, Jess Cañete, said the girl is now in his custody and is being subjected to medico-legal examination, in support of the filing of charges against her father.

The rescue of the girl and the arrest of the father in Barangay Basak, Zamboanguita came after the CHR received information about the girl's plight yesterday morning from a tipster..