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Marcos’ guilty verdict hailed

Groups in Ilocos region hailed the November 9 Sandigan Bayan ruling convicting Ilocos Norte second district representative Imelda Marcos for graft and called on the government to affect her immediate arrest.

Farmers back claims on tobacco tax share misuse

The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) recognized the statements made by Bernard Vicente, national president of the National Tobacco Farmers Association and Cooperatives, Inc. (NAFTAC), noting that “inappropriate use of billions of tobacco funds are obvious.”

DOTr sacks CAR officials

BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) dismissed Atty. Jesus Eduardo Natividad, Regional Director in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOTr-CAR), and Datu Mohammad Abbas, Assistant Regional Director of the DOTr-CAR, after being found guilty of administrative offenses and corruption charges.

Ilocos kinondena pandarambong sa pondo ng RA 7171

VIGAN CITY — Nagsagawa ng kilos-protesta ang mga magsasaka ng Ilocos Region sa Batasang Pambansa upang isigaw ang kanilang mga panawagan, partikular na sa usapin ng pondo ng RA7171 at presyo ng tabako.

Ilocos farmers to stage protest at Batasan; call for full investigation of LGU excise tax share

BAGUIO CITY — Ilocos farmers led by the Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (STOP Exploitation) are set to hold a protest in the National Capital Region on July 25. The action at the Batasang Pambansa will coincide with the House of Representatives’ Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability inquiry on the anomalous transaction of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

Peasants hit Ilocos Norte board for muddling the excise tax issue

BAGUIO CITY — Alyansa Dagiti Mannalon ti Ilocos Norte-Solidarity of Peasants against Exploitation (Alliance of Peasants in Ilocos Norte or AMIN-Stop Exploitation) said the move of Provincial Board of Ilocos Norte only muddled the misuse of tobacco excise tax issue.

Statements: Justice for tobacco farmers of Ilocos

It is clear that the provincial government of Ilocos Norte violated the implementing rules and regulations of RA 7171 when it purchased vehicles using the excise taxes from tobacco. Instead of rectifying this injustice, the provincial government is prioritizing the demand for the release from detention of those complicit with Governor Imee Marcos in the inappropriate, illegal and anomalous use of the excise taxes.

Editorial: The ball is in your court

Many have said that a leap in history was made on the day that the Supreme Court (SC) ruled in favor of the burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) last November 8. While it is a crucial matter, the ruling on Marcos’ burial is not a historic one but another tick to the long list of transgressions this system has committed upon its people.

Ombudsman indicts Kalinga mayor, coop chief

BAGUIO CITY — The Office of the Ombudsman has finally indicted Balbalan, Kalinga Mayor Kenneth Dale Mangaoang and his brother-in-law Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) general manager Gerardo Verzosa for graft in the P5 million barangay electrification “questioned” by the Commission on Audit two years ago.

Pork barrel scam is beyond Napoles

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — “The pork barrel scam is not just about Janet Napoles, it is about corruption in government and corruption concerns all of us,” according to Atty. Levi Baligod.

OCD director says corruption complaints baseless

BAGUIO CITY— Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy dismissed the graft and corruption complaints against him by a former OCD employee filed with the Office of the Ombudsman as baseless.