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DA says no complaint means no WTO violation in letter to DOJ

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The militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) assailed the heads of the agriculture and justice departments for their alleged antifarmer positions on rice importation.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Rice trade restrictions seen as WTO violation

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The National Food Authority (NFA) may no longer restrict rice importation because its power to implement quantitative restrictions (QR), or volume limits, on rice imports had expired in June 2012, according to a Department of Justice legal opinion sent to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

27 years after Mendiola massacre, groups say impunity lives on

THE SO-CALLED Mendiola massacre, in which at least 12 farmers demanding land reform were killed at the start of the presidency of democracy icon Corazon Aquino, continues to hound the late President’s son, Benigno Aquino III. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Twenty-seven years after the Mendiola massacre, a farmers organization said the killings have continued, with at least 21 farmers and indigenous people murdered in Southern Mindanao under the Aquino administration.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

KMP, VACC hit cover-up of gov’t rice import scam

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A militant group of farmers and an anticrime watchdog group lambasted what they said was a cover-up being made on corruption in the government importation of rice, which the anticrime watchdog group said should be the focus of investigators, not a hunt for “ghosts.”

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Farmers seek probe on ‘artificial’ palay shortage

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A militant farmers group on Sunday asked Congress to investigate increasing rice prices allegedly caused by “artificial palay shortage” and overpriced rice importations.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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