A Sugar Baron that supported the Presidential candidacy of former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in the last elections warned Pepsi Cola Philippines. Manuel Lamata, President of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines said that they will launch a Boycott against Pepsi Cola for its use of HFCS or fructose sugar.

“We will attack Pepsi, they are not innocent! They (PEPSI) are idiots! Their product contains HFCS. If they do not sit and talk with the Sugar Alliance, we will launch a boycott and protest against their products”, threatened Lamata.

In a separate meeting in Malacanang Palace, Lamata shouted at several government officials claiming that the government is not protecting the sugar monopoly by allowing the entry of fructose sugar which is being used as an alternative sweetener for powdered coffee, powdered juice and softdrinks by multinational beverage companies like Pepsi.

In response, Secretary Pinol called the Negros Sugar Baron and his associates “spoiled brats” for how he acted during the meeting, and for accusing him of accepting bribes from beverage manufacturers which he denied. Lamata and his group gave the DA Secretary the moniker “Money Pinol”.

Pinol had held in abeyance the issuance of Sugar Order No. 3 which was released by the Sugar Regulatory Administration which is under the Department of Agriculture.

Because of the protection of the sugar cartel in the Philippines, sugar remains in the “protected list “ of Philippine products which hampers ASEAN Economic Integration. All members of ASEAN under the pact will engage in free trade across its borders and sugar is hampering its implementation.

Secretary Pinol stated that there is a need for change and modernization in how the sugar business is conducted in the Philippines. Philippine remains one of the highest priced in the world market. Former SRA head Rafael “Lito” Cosculluela said: “We need to accept the reality that Philippine sugar is highly priced. And if additional taxes are imposed on those who use it, the prices of products will increase resulting in less buyers and even lesser demand for the Sugar industry.

The Senate is now hearing the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) which is seen to increase the cost of basic goods for blue collar and poor Filipinos who are the patrons of instant coffee, softdrinks and powdered juice drinks.

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Manuel Lamata threatens Pepsi Cola Philippines

Sugar Baron Manuel Lamata shouts at Duterte officials in Malacanang

Pepsi Cola Philippines threatened by Sugar Baron Manuel Lamata


Duterte to Crooked Cops – “Move Out”

President Duterte took exception to 228 crooked policemen who were immediately given the choice to resign or be sent to assignment in strife torn Basilan, Tawi Tawi and Sulu.

The policemen were give 15 days to get ready to either leave the force or accept and leave for their new assignments in the South.

Duterte was seething with anger at the palace ceremony and berated the assembled policemen who were caught by the PNP being involved in various cases of anomalies. Retraining will no longer be an option said the President as it does no good. “You will all be sent south to fight the terrorists and bandits, and if you survive and come back, then maybe you learned your lesson”- Duterte said.

duterte-mad-at-copsPresident Duterte berates rogue and crooked policemen. -Photo section Malacanang (Robinson Ninal Jr)

The President met these policemen in Malacanang in view of the recent killing of a korean national, Jee Ick Joo who was found to have been tortured and murdered inside the Philippine National Police Headquarters at Camp Crame – an alleged victim of police extortion.  The alleged Policemen involved in the crime are both multi-millionaires based on their submitted Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN).

Previous two weeks saw successive Senate hearings involving policemen which has dismayed the President.  This has forced Duterte to abolish a unit of the PNP and ban its participation in the on going drug war.

PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa for his part stated that shaming the policemen will send a clear message to others in the service.  He said that if there is someone who carries the biggest shame, it is him as head of the PNP as he has bad eggs in the service.  Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief, for his part agreed to the process of shaming.

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Romualdez: PWD law to be implemented soon!

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in the Philippines will soon feel the “malasakit” or care of the government of President Duterte after the signing of the IRR or Implementing Rules and Regulations of the PWD Law according to it’s principal author, former Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.

The PWD measure was one of the last signed into law during the term of former President Benigno Aquino despite Romualdez coming from the minority opposition. According to Senator Sonny Angara, then Congressman Martin Romualdez was relentless in convincing other congressmen and Senators to ensure the passage of the PWD Law.  During the interview with the press, both stated that they will fight for any moves to remove portions of the law as originally crafted.

Romualdez and Angara answer questions from the media

Romualdez and Angara answer questions from the media

More benefits are solidified and enhanced under the new PWD law like the 20% discount on basic goods, healthcare services and entertainment, but most important of all is the removal of the 12% vat on purchases made by the PWD for their personal consumption. It also provides for a tax incentive deduction of at least 25,000 pesos for people taking care of PWDs in their families.

According to Romualdez, the Malasakit slogan which he used and President Duterte also adopted during their campaign will be felt worldwide as it will benefit the OFWs who may suffer accidents in their places of work. He said that when they come back, they will feel that the government truly appreciates their contributions to the Philippine economy.pwd-irr-signing

Present during the signing of the IRR are DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo of the DOH, Congresswoman Yedda Romualdez, Principal author Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and his counterpart Senator Sonny Angara.

Romualdez who is now in the private sector indicated his full and continued support for the programs of President Rodrigo R. Duterte! Tuloy ang Malasakit!

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PWD Law mapapatupad na

Gordon, Red Cross to help Manalo siblings

Manila, Philippines – In a radio interview on a popular radio program on DZRH, Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said that the Red Cross will help the Manalo siblings at the Tandang Sora compound in Quezon City.

Asked about the letter of Felix Nathaniel Angel Manalo and Lottie Manalo Hemedez seeking Philippine Red Cross humanitarian assistance, Gordon initially replied that he did not receive the letters sent to both his Senate Office and the Chairman’s office at the Red Cross in Mandaluyong City.

Upon further pressing by Milky Rigonan and News Anchor Joe Taruc about what help Gordon can provide, he said the matter should be referred to the DSWD as an added solution. He however relented and committed by saying at the end of the interview that the Red Cross will assist the Manalo sibllings on humanitarian grounds. “Tutulungan natin kahit kailangan mapasok tutulungan natin” was his parting statement.

Gordon who has been a known champion of citizen’s rights and disaster relief is a staunch advocate of human rights. He sits as Chairman of the powerful Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and the the Senate Justice Committee that has been looking into the extra judicial killings and alleged rub out of Albuerra Leyte Mayor Espinosa.

Richard Gordon during his Presidential Bid wearing the red color of Red Cross

Richard Gordon during his Presidential Bid wearing the red color of Red Cross

During the last election, Gordon was also supported by the powerful Philippine Church Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) who have been known for their block voting during elections.

Supporters of Angel Manalo and Lottie Manalo Hemedez were elated upon hearing the news report. However some had their reservations as to whether Gordon and the Red Cross would act immediately given the hesitance the Red Cross Chairman showed in the interview. They said: “Kung ang CHR (Commission on Human Rights) walang magawa, ano pa kaya ang Red Cross? Baka may utang na loob si Chairman sa Iglesia Ni Cristo, kaya di basta gumagalaw! Ang pagkakilala namin kay Gordon ay mabilis siya umaksyon at fair sa lahat!”

They called for impartiality in the matter and called on the Red Cross to act on its sworn mandate to help those who are in humanitarian crisis.

Currently the Manalo siblings have been walled in at the 36 Tandang Sora Compound. The Iglesia Ni Cristo has yet to make a statement.

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Time heals old political wounds-Laurel family calls for unity

In a rare interview granted by Celia Diaz Laurel to CNN Philippines, the matriarch of the Laurel family, during the 88th Birth Anniversary of former Vice President Salvador H. Laurel last Nov 18, 2016 she called for unity among Filipinos.  She said that we should all move forward, learn from the past and unite for the future of the Philippines. “This is what Doy Laurel would have wanted if he were still alive today.”

The simple and sublime celebration of Doy Laurel coincided with the controversial burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani where the former Vice President is also at rest.

As history would have it, Doy Laurel and Ferdinand Marcos were at the opposite sides of the political divide – Laurel being a staunch leader of the opposition united under his UNIDO party and Marcos the strongman who was then ruling the Philippines. Both Laurel and Marcos are members of the Upsilon Sigma Phi of the University of the Philippines, and despite being on opposite sides and of opposite beliefs would be courteous and respectful to one another because of their brotherly bonds.  It was in fact Marcos who called Doy to Hawaii during his waining days to discuss his proposal to return to the Philippines and be buried in his country, with Doy delivering the message in his official capacity as the Vice President and as a direct link to the wife of Ninoy Aquino, another Upsilonian, – then President Cory Aquino.

The revelations of this meeting are contained in the memoirs of the late Vice President.

In response to a loaded question by CNN Philippines reporter JC Gotinga meant to incite further controversy on the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Mrs. Laurel responded by saying Marcos was a soldier and that he served in World War 2. She further added that Filipinos must follow our laws and find a common ground in the interest of national unity.  This is how we should move forward as a nation and this is how Doy Laurel would have wanted it – putting the interest of the nation above that of personal interest.

The Supreme Court decided to allow the burial of the late President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, lifting a TRO that was filed at the lower courts to stop the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte allowing the controversial burial. The President was at the APEC Summit in Peru during the burial last Nov 18. Congressman Edcel Lagman said he will initiate a move in Congress to have the body of the late strongman exhumed from the sacred burial grounds.

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EXCLUSIVE: The widow of Vice President Doy Laurel, who ran alongside President Corazon Aquino in the 1986 snap elections, says Marcos deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Posted by CNN Philippines on Saturday, November 19, 2016