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farmers and other rural peoples’ concerns

USOK: Small Scale Miners’ Livelihood in Peril

On September 17, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a ban on pocket mining in the Cordillera. The directive is Cimatu’s response after a massive landslide hit the mining town of Itogon at the height of Typhoon Ompong. More than a month after, thousands of families continue to look for alternative livelihood, with some already burried in debts. Small scale miners explain why the uplanned DENR order to close their operations is not fair and worst than the disaster brought by Typhoon Ompong.

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.”

Group slams fake mass surrenders in Ilocos Sur

Reports said that nine members of Kabataang Makabayan (KM) from Barangay Legazpi, Galimuyod surrendered to the Community Support Program of the 81st IB. Another group from Barangay Bugnay, composed of ten KM and 17 Samahang Magsasaka members also yielded to the military.

Takot hatid ng militar sa Isabela

JONES, Isabela — Nagdulot ng takot at pangamba sa ng mga residente at mga lokal na opisyal ang mala-Martial Law na kalagayan sa Barangay Sta. Isabel, Jones, Isabela sanhi ng pagdating at paghimpil ng pwersa ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) mula pa noong Hulyo. Ang presensiya ng militar ay bahagi umano ng pagpapaigting nila ng operasyon laban sa New People’s Army at pagpapatupad ng Community Support Program (CSP)sa ilalim ng Oplan Kapayapaan ng administrasyong Duterte.