Sugar stakeholders express support to some senatorial candidates
Sugar stakeholders, including producers, farmers, millers, has launched pledged to support seven senatorial candidates they consider champions of the sugar industry.
At a press conference in Bacolod City to mark its launch, 50 representatives of organizations in Tatak Kalamay explained they agreed to band together to collectively address the various challenges to the industry over the last couple of years such as high fructose corn syrup and sugar sweetened beverage tax, and lately, moves by government economic managers to liberalize sugar importation.
“We come together because, once again, the sugar industry is faced with a threat that could well spell its death and sink the nation’s economy and our efforts to achieve full food self-sufficiency – liberalized importation,” said Tatak Kalamay, in a statement read by Raymond Montinola, spokesperson of the Confederation of Sugar Producers (CONFED).
“We come together, not to flex our muscles, not in a show of force, but to avail of that supreme remedy accorded by democracy, the electoral process, and throw our full support behind the senatorial candidates who have proven themselves to be champions of the sugar industry,” the statement added.
The movement will particularly support incumbent Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Koko Pimentel, among others.