BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Major planters federation United Sugar Producers Federation hopes the courts will see the merit on their argument in their petition for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against Sugar Order No. 3 issued by the Sugar Regulatory Administration.
UNIFED President Manuel Lamata said in a news release they have been informed that the courts will issue the decision by March 4 as their TRO will expire on March 6.
“We are hoping for a favorable ruling for another extension of the TRO or make it permanent,” Lamata said in the release.
The remaining part of the release added:
“UNIFED Director, Joseph Edgar Sarrosa, who filed the case as President of the Rural Sugar Planters Association, Inc., a member association of UNIFED said “we had a productive discussion and we remain positive about this entire exercise.”
Lamata on the other hand said that if they will not get another stay of the TRO, they will file another motion on the date that it expires.
Sarrosa also said that they are closely following the proceedings of similar cases filed by other groups against SO 3.”
Planters had earlier decried the order’s issuance at the peak of the harvest season here, claiming it has caused prices of the commodity to drop sharply.