Monopoly in poultry sale bared
MANILA, Sept. 7 (PNA) – Backyard raisers of poultry chicken in the country expressed alarm over what they called monopoly by multi-national companies in the distribution of chicken meat in the market.
In Manila Media forum on Tuesday,
Eddie Alambra, a small entrepreneur in Central Luzon, said that if the oil sector has the so-called “Big Three” oil companies, they too have in their industry the existence of three companies controlling the distribution and pricing of chicken and other poultry products. Alambra said that the “Big Three” in the poultry industry is wantonly violating the order of President Benigno S. Aquino III for a free and fair competition in the
food and beverage industry so that those belonging to the under-privileged sector can have access to it.
Alambra and several other marginal raisers of poultry appealed to President Aquino and the Department of Agriculture to look into the monopoly in their sector. He said that the “Big Three” in the poultry industry is dictating the pricing and volume of chicken meat in market all over the country, and the price manipulation is seriously hurting the industry especially those backyard raisers.
Alambra said they sell their “live weight” chicken at P60 per head but when its meat reaches the markets, the price of the chicken meat rises to P120 to P130 per kilo. ■
Qantas fl ight to Manila returns to Australia SYDNEY, September 6, 2010 (AFP) –
An Australian plane bound for the Philip- pines returned to Sydney for safety reasons on Monday after an indicator light came on in the cockpit, an airline spokeswoman said.
The Boeing 767 carrying 158 passen- gers turned back after the light began flash- ing several hours into the flight, indicating the possibility of a problem with the wet weather anti-skid landing gear. “The flight was on its way to Manila and there was an indicator defect in the
cockpit for the anti-skid indicator,” the spokeswoman told Australian news agency AAP. “As there were thunderstorms fore- cast for Manila the decision was made to return the aircraft to Sydney.”
The spokeswoman said it was not known whether it was simply a defect in the indicator light or not. The plane landed safely back in Sydney later Monday. Last week a Qantas Boeing 747 from San Francisco to Sydney turned back after one of its four engines failed, blowing a hole in its metal casing. ■
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PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda during a courtesy call on Monday (Sept. 6, 2010) at the Yellow Room, Premier Guest House, Malacañang. The ADB recently granted a $400-million loan to support the expansion of the Philippines’ conditional cash transfer program and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Unlike the traditional welfare programs, only families who keep their children in school and ensure that children and pregnant women get
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MANILA, Sept. 7 (PNA) – The Na- tional Council for Commuters Protection slammed the proposed fare hike of Metro Rail Transit (MRT). NCCP President Elvira Medina said the government cannot say that the government can no longer support subsidizing for a ba- sic service such as MRT because the funds sourced out for MRT and other railways come from national revenues, and MRT is being used only by Metro Manila residents. “There should be an allocation for that, we are taxpayers,” she said. The MRT may hike its fares from its maximum of P15 to as high as P44, which Medina stressed could put a lot of burden to an ordinary Juan dela Cruz. MRT fares are currently being subsi- dized by the government at a cost of P45 per passenger. The MRT fare would then be at P60 per person sans the government’s
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Commuter groups slam MRT fare hike share.
Riles Laan sa Sambayanan (RILES) Network are questioning the government’s plan to cut its subsidies to the MRT, con- sidered a “basic social service.” Riles Laan sa Sambayanan (RILES) Network joined the call to junk the move, saying the government should brush over its contract with MRT operators if there are “irregularities” instead of cutting subsidies. Previously, the Kilusang Mayo Uno and Anakpawis partylist conducted a signature drive against fare hike at the MRT Cubao (southbound) station in Quezon City. ■
Briton slain in robbery MANILA, September 7, 2010 (AFP) –
A British businessman has been shot dead in a highway robbery in the Philippines, police said Tuesday. Gunmen ambushed Anthony Nicholas, 64, as he and his Filipina wife drove home late Monday, they said.
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“Nicholas was shot to death, he suffered multiple gunshot wounds on his body,” said Inspector Reina Protacio, spokes- woman for the provincial police on the central island of Negros. Colin Cronkin, Britain’s deputy am- bassador for the Philippines, told AFP the Englishman was a long-time resident of the Philippines. “There’s nothing to indicate that it was anything other than what the police said happened,” Cronkin added. The victim’s next-of-kin in Britain are being notified, he added.
Nicholas and his wife owned a store in the Negros city of Sipalay, local police said.
The gunmen did not harm the victim’s wife or a Filipina shop worker travelling with them, but took the couple’s cash and mobile phones, Protacio said.
Nicholas was the second Briton killed in the Philippines in three days. On Sunday, John Lorne McDonald was stabbed to death near Manila by the former lover of a Filipina woman the victim had met on the Internet. ■
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