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Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

Senate urges gov't not to pursue sugar liberalization

Nov 11, 2019 - 6:23 PM

'We do not want another industry to fall and falter because of the liberalizing imports of these products,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

OPPOSED. Senators are opposed to sugar liberalization. Shutterstock photo

44 activists arrested in Negros crackdown charged

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:15 PM

For security reasons, the suspects are charged inside the headquarters of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office

Authorities file criminal charges against the 44 individuals believed to be members of New People's Army at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Bacolod City on Monday, November 4. Photo courtesy of Army 3rd Infantry Division

Senators want Philippines to stop exporting sugar to U.S.

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri says Philippine sugar is better off sold to local companies than be exported to the United States

DEREGULATE. The Philippine government will be relaxing restrictions on sugar imports in 2019. Rappler file photo

Sugar production inches up in early June 2019

Jul 02, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Raw sugar production at the start of the crop year's 4th quarter nears the 2.079-million-metric-ton projected output set by the Sugar Regulatory Administration

A worker at the First Farmers Holdings Corp.'s milling facility bags 50-kilogram sacks of refined sugar. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Lucio Tan's LT Group eyes purchase of sugar mill in Batangas

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:15 PM

LT Group plans to bid for Central Azucarera Don Pedro Incorporated. A couple of energy projects are also in the pipeline for the conglomerate.

DIVERSIFYING. LT Group is branching out to sugar milling and entertaining more energy-related projects. Central Azucarera Don Pedro photo from RHI

Customs seizes P60M worth of smuggled sugar, firecrackers in Subic port

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Customs officials say the 34 containers were misdeclared to contain floor mats and plastic covering

Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and District Collector Maritess Martin show some of the smuggled goods confiscated at the Port of Subic on April 26, 2019. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

DTI, DA to continue collaboration on sugar monitoring

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, however, says the investigation into traders jacking up sugar prices will still depend on the participation of the industry's stakeholders

Large piles of cut sugarcane are set for crushing just outside the First Farmers Holdings Corp's milling facility in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

DTI hands off on sugar price, supply issue

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says sugar, a basic commodity, is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture

A worker at the First Farmers Holdings Corp.'s milling facility bags 50-kilogram sacks of refined sugar. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Next in line: Sugar import liberalization

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:04 AM

After the government manages to speedily pass the Rice Tariffication law, will the same be said for sugar?

Loads of sugarcane cut in the latter part of the harvesting season are hauled by trucks closer to the opening of the milling facility of First Farmers Holdings Corp. in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Senate to look into planned deregulation of sugar imports

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

This comes after a number of senators passed a resolution opposing the plan of some economic managers to liberalize sugar imports

Gov't must listen to stakeholders before deregulating sugar imports – Piñol

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'They said that this hampers the capability of local processors to compete,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

DTI, antitrust body to strengthen market competition in new partnership

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The long-overdue partnership is expected to produce studies scrutinizing the competitiveness of various industries

Sugar industry stakeholders seek changes to improve competitiveness

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Among the sugar industry's requests is to be included in the Department of Agriculture's solar irrigation program

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in an interview on February 12, 2019. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Gov't body, producers reject sugar import liberalization

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:49 AM

'It is alarming to note that this decision to liberalize sugar importation stemmed from a collegial body which means all economic planners are into this,' says Sugar Regulatory Administration board member Emilio Yulo

Duterte asked to veto provisions in rice tariffication bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Various groups in the rice industry urge President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions which they say would lead to loss of jobs

VETO SOUGHT. Various sectors under the rice industry call for President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions in the rice tariffication bill, which only needs his signature to become a law. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Human diet causing 'catastrophic' damage to planet – study

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The key is a dramatic shift in the global diet – roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts

Gov't to deregulate sugar imports in 2019

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the move will 'put pressure on the domestic economy to compete with the rest of the world'

DEREGULATE. The Philippine government will be relaxing restrictions on sugar imports in 2019. Rappler file photo

DOF turns sour as sugar tax collections miss target

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Taxes collected from sugar-sweetened beverages from January to October 2018 stand at P30 billion, 25% short of the P40-billion target

First impressions, photos, prices: Tiger Sugar in Manila

Dec 20, 2018 - 6:51 PM

The Instagram-famous milk tea store is opening in BGC

BOBA CRAZE. Tiger Sugar opens in Manila on December 21. Photo by Rappler

Duterte abolishes Philippine Sugar Corporation

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Philsucor is no longer effectively performing its functions, says Malacañang in Memorandum Order Number 30 abolishing the government corporation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Luzon Island Cluster Conference at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on October 22, 2018, reminds the public servants to continue fulfilling their mandate with integrity, honesty, and accountability. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3 Filipino boxers bag medals in Finland tilt

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Marvin Tabamo, Ramel Macado, and Ryan Boy Moreno return home with medals

ON TOP. Filipino boxer Marvin Tabamo rules the flyweight division. Photo from ABAP


Malacañang condemns killing of 9 Negros farmers

Oct 21, 2018 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the government 'will enforce the full wrath' of the law against those who killed 9 farmers in Negros Occidental

FARMERS' SLAY. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Malacañang condemns the killing of 9 farmers in Negros Occidental. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

P500,000 reward up over farmers' slay in Negros Occidental

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(4th UPDATE) Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr condemns the killing of 9 farmers at Hacienda Nene in his hometown of Sagay City

REWARD OFFERED. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr with Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr, provincial police director, at the Sagay City Police Station on October 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Aksyon Radyo Bacolod

9 farmers killed at Negros Occidental hacienda

Oct 21, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) Dozens of armed men allegedly fired at the farmers inside Hacienda Nene on Saturday night, October 20

Photo courtesy of Bombo Radyo Bacolod

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz answers questions about excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

Sugar farmers oppose URC mill purchase in Nasugbu

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Luzon Federation of Sugarcane Growers Association fears that Universal Robina Corporation's acquisition of Central Azucarera Don Pedro will 'remove entirely any semblance of competition in the sugar milling market of Batangas'

SUGAR MILL. An aerial view of the Central Azucarera Don Pedro in Nasugbu, Batangas. Photo from the Roxas Holdings, Inc website

Customs files charges vs shabu, smuggled sugar importers

Aug 17, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says the BOC will file 'more criminal charges against erring importers and brokers in the coming weeks'

SMUGGLING RAPS. The Bureau of Customs files smuggling charges against importers of illegal drugs and smuggled sugar before the Bureau of Customs on August 16, 2018. Photo from Bureau of Customs

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

'Racist' tweet fires up Senegal in World Cup showdown

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:27 PM

British tycoon Alan Sugar takes down the offensive post and apologizes after getting accused of racism

INSPIRED. Senegal's forward Mbaye Niang (right) celebrates after scoring their second goal against Poland. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Sugar rush prompts government to import

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Sugar prices are now at almost P3,000 per 50-kilogram bag, prompting the government to import to stabilize prices

Sugarcane vinegar production helps Batangas families cope with disasters

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The United Nations Democracy Fund helps women in disaster-prone areas find alternative livelihood sources to ensure their households' needs are met

Taxes on sugary drinks hurt sari-sari stores – survey

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

A Nielsen study shows consumers have been drinking less sugary drinks and even taking items out of their grocery baskets, as prices rose with the implementation of the tax reform law

PRICE HIKES.The retail price of a one-liter bottle of Coca-Cola, for instance, is projected to increase to P43 from the current P31, due to the tax reform law. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Yes, too much sugar is bad for our health – here's what the science says

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The research shows a link between high-sugar diets and diseases such as dementia and cancer. It doesn't show that sugar causes them, but it's compelling enough to prompt us to cut down on sugar.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

8 kinds of hair removal methods explained

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:30 PM

What exactly is sugaring?

Existing stocks of sweetened drinks exempt from new tax rates – DTI

Jan 03, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry also eyes freezing prices of sugar-sweetened beverages until the middle of January

NEW TAX CODE. New excise tax rates should not impact sweetened beverage being sold at grocery stores and fuel at filling stations for two to 3 weeks as they still carry inventories of old costing, DTI says. Photo from AFP

Sugar Hiccup hopes to leave a legacy

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The band comes together for what might be their last album called 'Closure'

300,000 urge Senate to dissolve proposed tax on sugary drinks

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Sari-store owners sign a petition opposing the proposed P10 per liter price increase

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

Is tax on volume-based, sugar-sweetened drinks good for our nutrition?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:03 AM

While the proposed tax targets obesity and overweight it risks hurting those already susceptible to malnutrition

Tax on sugary drinks? Nutritionists say they help poor meet dietary needs

Aug 31, 2017 - 3:22 PM

Senator JV Ejercito suggests imposing the tax based on the drink s sugar content not volume

ANTI-POOR? A bill pending in Congress proposes to impose a P10 tax per liter of sugar sweetened beverage. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

BPOs 'safe' from tax reform, sugar-sweetened milk under deliberation

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says incentives for BPO companies will remain The fate of milk products in the proposed tax reform package however is still up in the air

Netizens react to proposed tax on sugary drinks

Jul 14, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Majority of respondents feel the additional tax will be a burden for consumers

INFOGRAPHIC: How tax reform hits your favorite drinks

Jun 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers says the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages in the proposed tax reform package is the highest in the world

House passes reform bill, with higher tax rate for 'super-rich'

May 31, 2017 - 5:53 PM

While HB 5636 will lower personal income tax rate to 25 VAT exemptions will be lifted on several sectors

APPROVED. The House approves the first batch of tax reforms being proposed by the Duterte administration. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte certifies tax reform bill as urgent

May 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The House of Representatives could approve the bill on both 2nd and 3rd readings this week

President Rodrigo Duterte now wants the House to prioritize the tax reform bill before it adjourns session this week. File photo by Malacañang  President Rodrigo Duterte now wants the House to prioritize the tax reform bill before it adjourns session this week. File photo by Malacañang

House begins debates on Duterte tax reform package

May 23, 2017 - 11:05 PM

House ways and means committee chairperson Dakila Cua estimates P157 2 billion in government revenues will be generated from the tax reform package in its first year of implementation

PLENARY. Lawmakers hold their plenary session on May 23, the same day the tax reform package was sponsored for 2nd reading. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes promise P47B revenue – Suansing

May 23, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Nueva Ecija 1st District Representative Estrellita Suansing says collection will be used to assist sugar farmers and fund school based feeding programs

SPONSOR. Nueva Ecija 1st District Representative Estrellita Suansing delivers her sponsorship speech for the tax reform package. Screengrab from the House Youtube account

FULL TEXT: Revenue from tax reform to improve Filipinos' lives – Cua

May 23, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The House ways and means committee chairman says the package aims to generate revenue for social welfare infrastructure education healthcare job generation among others

SPONSOR. House ways and means committee chairperson Dakila Cua delivers his sponsorship speech for the tax reform package. Screengrab from the House Youtube account

DOLE issues cease and desist order vs 'sacada' recruiter

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Some 800 migrant sugar workers from Mindanao were illegally recruited to work in Tarlac by Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT? The Department of Labor and Employment has issued a cease and desist order against a labor recruiter accused of illegally trafficking sugar workers.