VICE GUV Sanko Group of Companies chairman KaichoHatsue Kato (left) and Acting Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson greet each other at the blessing of the Sanko Mambukal Life Care Home as Mambukal Resort manager Ellen Marie Jalandoni looks on*


SASO files raps vs.
Coke for HFCS ‘direct smuggling'
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The Sugar Anti-Smuggling Organization has filed a complaint for outright smuggling of P70.1 million in High Fructose Corn Syrup against top Coca-Cola FEMSA officials before the Bureau of Customs, Manuel Lamata, SASO chairman, said yesterday.

The complaint was filed by SASO deputy chief Edgardo Lumanog Jr. Thursday against Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines president, chairman and chief executive officer, Washington Fabricio Ponce Garcia, directors Francisco MartinezColunga, Jerry Liu, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Sunil Ghatnekar, Johna Willem Maarten Jansen, and MacariaSaldua, and chief finance office Sunil Gupta.

The complaint said that on Feb. 17, 2017 the Sugar Regulatory Administration issued Sugar Order No. 3 setting guidelines for the issuance of clearance for the release of imported high fructose corn syrup and chemically pure fructose. moremoremore

Bato ‘mistah'
named NIR police director
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Police Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales is the incoming acting regional police director of the Negros Island Region.

Gonzales will replace Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, who will retire from the police service on May 21, upon reaching the retirement age of 56.

Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, PRO 18 spokesperson, said yesterday that Chief Supt. Gonzales will assume command on May 19, based on the National Headquarters General Order 107 dated May 11.

Gonzales, who is the PNP Maritime Command director, is a “mistah” of PNP chief Director General Ronald “ Bato” dela Rosa. Both are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1986. moremoremore

 

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NGCP told to improve services
to accommodate excess power
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

The president of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. yesterday urged government to prod the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to improve its facilities to accommodate the excess power in Negros Island.

The NGCP currently is apparently incapable of receiving and distributing the excess power to other areas, like Panay and Cebu, and so there is a need for them to increase their transmission services, NOCCI president Edward Du said.

Du issued his statement in reaction to media reports over the “oversupply” of renewable energy, particularly solar power, in Negros that might become a problem later on as this cannot be transmitted to other areas...