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US Agricultural Counselor Philip Shull (4th from left) with sugar leaders Joseph Edgar Sarrosa of  the Philippines Sugar Corp., Raymond Montinola - Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations, Manuel Lamata - United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines and Enrique Rojas - National Federation of Sugarcane Planters  (l-r) yesterday.*

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PH sugar sales to US
up by 418.5% in 2011

Review for add’l quota in April yet: USDA

Philippine food and agriculture exports to the US reached $1.7 billion in 2011 up by 48 percent from 2010, with sugar accounting for close to $263 million, US Agricultural Counselor Philip Shull said yesterday.

Philippine sugar sales to the US rose from $50,666 in 2010 to $262,747 in 2011 or an increase of 418.58 percent, Shull said.

At the same time, the US was also the number one supplier of food and agricultural products to the Philippines in 2011 having exported P2.15 billion products or an increase of 28 percent, Shull, who met with sugar leaders at the Mushu Restaurant in Bacolod City, said.moremoremore

Return of Iggy delayed

The remains of Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo Jr. (Neg. Occ., 5th District) did not arrive in the Philippines yesterday as announced.

No specific date for the arrival of his body, the return of which has been delayed by a dispute between his second wife, Alicia “Aleli” Arroyo, and partner Grace Ibuna on who has the right to it.

When Arroyo died in London on January 26 after a long battle with cirrhosis of the liver it was Ibuna who was by his bedside.moremoremore

Police on heightened alert

The Bacolod City police will be on heightened alert today in anticipation of the protests to be staged in the city to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said they will enhance police visibility in the areas of the Public Plaza and the Funtain of Justice, where rallies will be held.

De la Paz said they will deploy intelligence operatives to monitor the situation in the rally centers as some criminal elements may take advantage of the situation.

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