Oliver Bugarin 11 0 0 4 min to read

Marcos is praised for his attempts to deal with the sugar issues.

Several senators have praised President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for his efforts to lower sugar costs.

This came about after Marcos urged Robinsons Supermarket, SM Supermarket, and Puregold Price Club to provide sugar to their customers at a lesser price.

Following a series of meetings with the owners of the major supermarkets in the nation, Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez reached an understanding to lower sugar costs to PHP70 per kg.

Florida Robes, a representative for San Jose del Monte City’s Lone District, commented on the most recent development on Saturday, claiming that farmers and consumers are “winning.”

She pointed out that Marcos’ efforts to resolve worries about the nation’s sugar supply show that smugglers and hoarders would never succeed.

According to Robes, who is the chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Good Government, “the President’s sequence of decisive actions to handle a looming sugar crisis turned the tables against agricultural smugglers and food hoarders.”

She also praised Marcos for ordering Rodriguez to check on the inventory of imported agricultural items in all Customs-bonded warehouses and for rejecting the idea of importing 300,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar.

Rodriguez was directed by Marcos to organize surprise visits to warehouses in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga as a result of the illegal signature of Sugar Order (SO) 4, which called for the importation of 300,000 MT of sugar.

In a second statement, Kabayan Rep. Ron Salo praised Marcos’ efforts to lower sugar costs, calling it “a highly welcome development and a big relief to the consumers.”

This was accomplished by PBBM’s decisive action in invalidating SO 4, which sought to import 300K tons of sugar, and holding those responsible accountable, Salo said. “This was achieved without any importation of sugar, not even one kilogram, and without sacrificing the welfare of our local farmers.” Congrats to PBBM! This is a triumph for the whole country, not just his administration.

As of Friday, simultaneous operations were also carried out at Deparo, Caloocan City; Tondo and San Nicolas in Manila; Rosales, Pangasinan; San Fernando, Pampanga; Ibaan, Batangas; and Davao, according to press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles.

Robes noted that Victor Teng Chua, a Chinese-Filipino sugar dealer, controlled warehouses in her congressional district where officials had discovered sugar sacks worth more than PHP200 million.

She said that an investigation into Chua’s two warehouses has already been requested by her husband, Mayor Arthur Robes.

In order to continue the congressional investigation into the sugar importation scandal, Robes said, “I invited Mr. Chua to appear on Monday, August 22.”

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