Groups say the Rice Competitiveness and Enhancement Fund mandated under the newly signed Rice Tariffication Law will only serve as another “milking cow” for authorities.
No less than Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio confirmed that her party is backing the reelection bid of Ilocos Sur governor Ryan Luis Singson and his father, former governor and incumbent councilor Luis Chavit Singson in his mayoral run in Narvacan during the party’s Feb 18 campaign caravan in Vigan City.
Two unidentified gunmen killed Roberto “Bobby” Mejia, 49, leader of Ulopan na Umbaley ed (Peoples Association in) Camp Gregg Military Reservation at around 11:10 PM in Barangay Sangcagulis according to the police. He is the 182nd peasant killed under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.
Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) said the Rice Tariffication Law, like other policies that deregulated trade and industry, will lead to higher prices and ruin local production.
Makabayan Ilocos said the passage of Rice Tariffication Law puts our farmers in a disadvantageous position and discourages them to plant the crop.
The incumbent Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, who is now running for senator, failed to declare in her 2017 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) her son, Matthew Manotoc and first cousin, Mariano Marcos II in the list of family members who are holding public offices.
This May 13 midterm elections, it will be a walk in the park for 19 aspirants for the mayoral seat and 26 vice mayoral candidates in Region 1. Running unopposed, they only need to cast their vote to take the seat in their local governments.
A youth party-list official in Ilocos condemned the military for its “campaign to demonize party-lists” and outright violation of its mandate in the Constitution.
The head of the social action of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente Diocese of Laoag expressed urgent concern on his personal and family’s safety after unknown men tailed him.
A Manila court dropped more than 600 individuals the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) named in its petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as terrorist organizations.
The government is now on a rampage in Ilocos, targeting progressive groups the Duterte administration accuses of having links with communist rebels.
A farmers’ federation in Ilocos appealed for sobriety and support on their issues from candidates across the region, as intense political rivalry becomes clear with the nearing of the campaign period.