Hontiveros on clearance of execs in sugar importation mess: I am gratified that justice and fairness prevailed

Hontiveros on clearance of execs in sugar importation mess: I am gratified that justice and fairness prevailed

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday said she was gratified that justice and fairness prevailed as Malacañang dismissed the case against officials tagged in the sugar importation controversy.

“I am gratified that justice and fairness prevailed in the sugar importation fiasco. I had no doubt that the truth would come out, as it always does,” Hontiveros said.

Despite the dismissal of the case, Hontiveros said that the need for sugar should still be addressed.

“Samantala, naabswelto man sila, ang susunod at pinakamahalagang tanong ay kung pakikinggan din ba ang kanilang naging policy recommendation — taasan at isunod sa dati ang sugar reserves ng bansa,” the lady lawmaker said.

“Dahil sa huli, kailangang tugunan ang mataas pa ring presyo ng asukal at kasabay na alagaan ang interes ng mga konsyumer,” she added.

Leocadio Sebastian, a former undersecretary of agriculture, Hermenegildo Serafica, Roland Beltran, and Aurelio Gerardo Valderrama Jr. were recently cleared by the Office of the President over the sugar importation mess.

(ai/mtvn)

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