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SAP to File Charges vs. Coke for HFCS Smuggling

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) will file charges of smuggling against Coca-Cola Femsa for allegedly pulling out High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) from the Bureau of Customs without the sanction of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).

Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers’ Federation of the Philippines Inc.(UNIFED) yesterday said he will personally see to it that smuggling charges will be filed against beverage giant.

Lamata questioned the pulling out of the HFCS from the BOC when the SRA Sugar Order number 3 is in effect.

Low Quality of Police Applicants A Concern for NAPOLCOM

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) expressed concern over the quality of applicants trying to enter the country’s police force.

NAPOLCOM Regional Director Joseph Celis said the applicants are having some difficulties trying to express themselves.

The applicants cannot even answer them properly, Celis said.

Celis led a team that conducted a job interview yesterday for rookie cops trying to enter the Police Regional Office-18 (PRO-18).

Rebel Atrocities Hit Negros Occ.

A series of armed atrocities attributed to the New People’s Army (NPA) hit Negros Occidental since the past few weeks.

Among the latest to be victimized by the NPA’s armed violence was Biboy Gayagas, barangay captain of Brgy. Bacong, Bago City, whose game fowl farm was attacked by an undetermined number of rebels yesterday morning.

Senior Inspector Joefer Cabural, Bago City PNP chief said, Gayagas got hit in his shoulders and feet and was rushed to a private hospital in Bacolod City.

Responding policemen recovered empty shells of a carbine rifle.

‘Illegal Drugs Still Rampant in Bacolod’

Despite the daily apprehensions made by the Bacolod City Police Office that netted large volumes of illegal drugs, a police official admitted that the illegal drug trade continues to flourish in the city.

Supt. Noel Polines, BCPO operations officer said “It continues to exist despite our relentless operation.”

Polines said that despite the scarcity of shabu and the apparent increase in its price, “many are still engaged in it.”

There are no more high value targets in the city only those categorized as “street value targets,” he said.

‘Negros Resorts are Secured’

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. assured resort owners Saturday in the resort city of Sipalay, Negros Occidental of their safety and security including their guests .

Marañon met with resort owners in Sipalay who complained that due to reports of security concerns in the area, many of their guests have cancelled their bookings.

Sipalay, known for its white beaches and diving spots, is four hours from the capital city of Bacolod and is a not far away from Mindanao.