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War on GMO quiet, but visible in Davao City

PROTESTERS raise placards spelling out their opposition to the commercial production of a genetically modified variety of rice during a forum in Davao City. INQUIRER MINDANAO

Organic agriculture advocates on Tuesday disrupted the speech of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala at a forum here, raising placards and streamers demanding a ban on genetically-modified (GM) rice to protect the gains of organic agriculture in the country.

Posted: November 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Aquino weighs Cabinet members

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A key ally of President Aquino, Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello (pictured), said he should fire not only Vice President Jejomar Binay but also (inset, from left) Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad to restore the credibility of his reform program. FILE PHOTOS

President Aquino is scrutinizing the performance of Vice President Jejomar Binay as a member of his Cabinet amid allegations of corruption against Binay and his family, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Posted: November 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

All the President’s men: 5 officials defended by Aquino

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President Benigno Aquino III has made this clear: He stands by his men. President Benigno Aquino III said Friday that he still trusts General Alan Purisima, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director, to lead the nation’s police force. The defense stemmed from calls for the ouster of Purisima over the alleged involvement of 10 policemen in the P2-million robbery-abduction incident on Edsa in Mandaluyong City last Sept.1.

Posted: September 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

NFA’s P1-B deal probed

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NFA workers unload tons of rice  imported from Vietnam. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Former National Food Authority Administrator (NFA) Orlan Calayag and his special assistant, Dennis Guerrero, have been placed under investigation for allegedly granting a P1.08-billion rice cargo-handling contract to a trucking company without a bidding being conducted, a violation of the antigraft law, according to Francis Pangilinan, the presidential adviser on food security.

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

2 heads not good for agri sector–Drilon

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Two heads are not always better than one. Senate President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday questioned the wisdom of having two men on top of agriculture in the government in the persons of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Presidential Food Security Adviser Francis Pangilinan.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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