Ferrer says inquiry on premix
importation will push through
By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District, Neg. Occ.) said that the congressional inquiry on the importation of premix sugar will push through amid reports that Coca Cola has stopped importing the sugar substitute.
“We have questions regarding importation,” Ferrer said while welcoming reports that Coca Cola ceased its importation.
He clarified that Coca Cola is not the only firm importing premix sugar. “There are other industrial users importing premix sugar” does the need to continue with the inquiry, he said even as he urged other firms to patronize local sugar.
But Rep. Alfredo Benitez said the congressional inquiry will not push through anymore because he has already talked to Sugar Regulatory Administrator Gina Martin about premix sugar, explaining that the Customs will now slap importers with corresponding tariffs.
Both Ferrer and Benitez were among the Negros congressmen who signed a manifesto that called for a congressional probe on premix sugar and High Fructose Corp syrup, largely blamed for the plunging prices of domestic sugar.
There is also an ongoing boycott drive against Coca Cola products here.