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More gains at Bicam -Zubiri; Benitez files price probe bid



Thursday, December 7, 2017
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said further gains were reached yesterdayfor the sugar industry during the bicameral conference committee's revision of the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSB).

“It is a great victory for the industry,” he said in a text message.

The bicameral committee,aside from agreeing on PHP6 per liter excise tax forSSBs using sugar, and PHP12 per liter for High Fructose Corn Syrup, also agreed that there will be no more further tax increase for several years, he said.

Benitez Formally Submits Resolution Calling For an Investigation Into Sugar Prices



December 7, 2017
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez yesterday filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the ongoing decline in “mill gate” sugar prices.

Through House Resolution No. 1512, the congressman cited 2017-2018 crop year data showing “mill gate prices continued to decline, starting September 2017, dropping by 26 percent to P1,190 per 50-kilogram bag as of November 5.”

Cong. Benitez files reso to probe sugar price drop



Thu, 12/07/2017

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez yesterday filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the continuous drop in the mill gate prices of sgar in the country.

Benitez, in House Resolution No. 1512 said, the latest data for crop year 2017-2018 “showed that mill gate prices continued to decline starting September 2017 dropping by 26 percent to P1,190 per 50- kilogram bag as of November 5 from P1,618 per 50-kg bag in the same period last year.”

Consultant: Prepare for possible sugar industry crisis




Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Teresa D. Ellera

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. was advised by former governor and now Capitol consultant Rafael Coscolluela to prepare for a possible crisis that will affect the sugar workers.

“My apprehension is because of the low prices of sugar and the rising cost of production, it will force us to reduce the cost of production.

House passes proposed "Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act"


05-December-2017, 10:06:20 AM
SOURCE: House of Representatives Press and Public Affairs Bureau


The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 6617 or the proposed "Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act" which seeks to strengthen the government's comprehensive policy on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention, treatment, care and support, and to establish the Philippine National HIV and AIDS Plan.

The bill seeks to repeal for the purpose Republic Act No. 8504, otherwise known as the “Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998”.

Lawmaker: Public housing to solve ‘homelessness’ in PH




Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Carla N. Cañet



BACOLOD. Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez speaks at the 39th National Convention of the Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines Inc. at L’ Fisher hotel in Bacolod City Friday. (Carla N. Cañet)

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said the country is facing a serious problem on the lack of decent housing as 57 percent of the Filipinos are still homeless.

House probe on sugar prices soon



Saturday, December 2, 2017
By BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

A congressional inquiry is expected to commence soon on complaints of sugar farmers versus the unabated entry or smuggling of imported alternative sweeteners that are driving down prices of locally produced sugar.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), who authored the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, yesterday said that he will file a resolution in the House of Representatives, calling for a congressional probe into the matter on Monday.

Congressman Suggests Ongoing Price Manipulation Among Sugar Traders


Benitez: I will file a resolution calling for an inquiry into the matter



Saturday, December 2, 2017
By Paulo Loreto Lim

Negros Occidental third district Rep. Alfredo Benitez yesterday echoed the call of sugarcane planters, who recently demanded the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) conduct an investigation into dropping “mill gate prices,” revealing plans to convene a congressional investigation.

“I will file a resolution on Monday to call [an] inquiry into this matter,” the congressman said.

Lawmaker to seek inquiry on ‘sugar manipulation’




Saturday, December 2, 2017
Teresa D. Ellera

NEGROS Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez said Friday he will file December 4, a resolution calling for a congressional inquiry into the alleged manipulation of some traders that caused the decline in the mill gate prices of sugar.

“I got the report that the alleged manipulation by some traders is happening. They were asking me If I will agree to having a congressional investigation, and I said, ‘No problem’ we are going to do that,” he said.

RevGov unlikely, Albee says




Saturday, December 2, 2017
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Despite the push of some Negrense allies of President Rodrigo Duterte for a revolutionary government, Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said he believes it is not likely to happen.

Proponents of the revolutionary government are conducting a nationwide signature campaign, to authorize President Rodrigo Duterte to form a revolutionary government, in preparation for the establishment of a federal system of government.

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