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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 »

Sarmiento not rebel, but farmer leader–KMP

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The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Thursday condemned the arrest of activist Aris Sarmiento, saying Sarmiento is a KMP consultant helping in the campaign for the return of coco levy funds to farmers, not a “high value” rebel leader as the military claimed.

Posted: July 18th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

‘Strongest testament to Marcos plunder’

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Business magnate Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco shakes hands with former first lady Imelda Marcos during the 40th wedding anniversary of  Miriam and Narciso Santiago on Sunday. JOSEPH AGCAOILI

It’s the “strongest testament” to Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. and the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ purported plunder of the coco levy funds.

Posted: July 12th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Team PNoy bets dared to speak on coco levy, not coco water

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President Benigno Aquino III

Millions of poor coconut farmers across the country will continue to remain destitute even with the improved export index of Philippine’s “coco water,” an official of the militant farmers group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said Tuesday.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

KMP slams master list of Luisita land reform beneficiaries

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A militant peasant group described as a “sham” the final master list of farmers and farm workers who stand to receive land from Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac that was released by the Department of Agrarian Reform on Wednesday.

Posted: February 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Left farmers’ group backs probe of palm oil imports

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The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the claimants movement Coco Levy Fund Ibalik sa Amin (CLAIM) on Sunday declared support for a move to have Congress investigate the importation and selling of palm-based cooking oil by a sequestered oil mill.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Coco farmers divided over use of levy fund

COCONUT farmers from Southern Tagalog region walked three days in September to go to Mendiola where they held a rally demanding that the coconut levy be distributed to them. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Peasant groups are divided on what to do with the recovered coconut levy fund.

Posted: November 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Dummy’ Luisita beneficaries named

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Militant farmers on Friday named five people included in the preliminary list of Hacienda Luisita who they claimed were actually working in the horse stables of President Aquino’s relatives.

Posted: November 10th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Farmers group seeing ghosts in Luisita list–DAR

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio “Gil” delos Reyes. PHOTO FROM GOV.PH

Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes on Thursday challenged critics to name names and formally file their objections against the purported inclusion of horse stable hands and house helpers of President Aquino’s relatives in the preliminary list of Hacienda Luisita beneficiaries.

Posted: November 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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