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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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Senators’ help sought
vs. sugar liberalization
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

 

A sugar planters’ group is seeking the help of industry allies in the Senate to stop the renewed plan of the Department of Finance to liberalize the sugar industry.

Manuel Lamata, United Sugar Producers' Federation of the Philippines president, said they have written to Tatak Kalamay senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Imee Marcos, Christopher Lawrence Go, Ronald dela Rosa, Cynthia Villar, Win Gatchalian, Francis Tolentino, Risa Hontiveros, Panfilo Lacson, Sonny Angara, and Emmanuel Pacquiao to seek their help.

UNIFED asked the senators “to stop the renewed plan of the DOF to liberalize the sugar industry by permitting unabated imports of highly subsidized refined sugar from Thailand.”

“We are right now under COVID-19, and yet we will be undergoing a new type of virus called ‘Covid Dominguez virus’ that will kill the sugar industry,” he said, referring to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.*

 

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