CRDMMO Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., flanked by Senior Supt. William Señoron and Supt. Joresty Coronica (left), lauded the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office for a job well done in 2016* ( Gilbert P. Bayoran photo )

Lacson wants Congress
to probe entry of HFCS


Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson prefers Congress to be the proper venue for a hearing, in aid of legislation, on the entry and use of high fructose corn syrup by beverage companies.

But the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, on motion of Board Member Alain Gatuslao, yesterday passed a resolution for the conduct of an inquiry in aid of legislation, in response to concerns raised by leaders of the sugar industry and stakeholders, over reports on the entry of HFCS in the country.

While the date of inquiry has yet to be determined, Gatuslao, who chairs the SP Committee on Laws, said he will check existing ordinances “for possible violations”, stressing also the issue of “more than just an economic unfairness but more on the health risks”. moremoremore

Sugar leaders react
to ‘threatening' letters

Sugar industry leaders denounced the letters sent them last week by Coca-Cola, through its lawyers, threatening criminal, civil and administrative charges against them due to their press statements, published in local and national newspapers, on the softdrink maker's use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), allegedly from genetically modified corn, a press release from the group said.

In letters addressed to planters federations presidents, the Manila-based law firm Cruz, Marcelo & Tenefrancia claimed that these statements, particularly the use of HFCS from alleged GMO corn, defames and discredits its client, Coca-Cola.

The letters demanded that the industry leaders cease and desist from issuing statements through the media, to lawmakers, and to the public in general, that may falsely impute upon Coca-Cola the use of HFCS supposedly sourced from genetically-modified cancer-causing corn or they will be constrained to commence the appropriate criminal, civil and administrative cases to protect their clients' rights, the Coca-Cola lawyers said in the letter. moremoremore


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NOPH gets oxygen
generating plant

The dream of the province to have a highly-sophisticated hospital is being realized slowly with the turnover yesterday of the newly-constructed oxygen generating plant at the compound of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in Dumaguete City.

The contractor turned over the project to the provincial engineer, to Gov. Roel Degamo and then to the new management of NOPH, headed by Dr. Mark Llosa, in simple ceremonies held at the plant site.

Degamo recalled how difficult it was to follow up the funding of the project from the Department of Health while election was forthcoming..