events in the Ilocos
Ilocos Center for Research, Empowerment, and Development, a non-government organization providing disaster response to communities in Ilocos, decried the harassment of its staff and partner organization by the Philippine National Police in Agoo, La Union.
The youth group YANAT-Ilocos questioned the new edition of the DMMMSU student handbook, saying some of the provisions constitute to student repression and discrimination.
The family of murdered RTC Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez said his death should encourage more people to pursue truth and justice despite the risks.
Activists from development institutions and people’s organizations gave a tribute to Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez, who was assassinated last week, for his "impartiality and justness" in handling the case filed against their colleague.
The son of slain RTC Judge Mario Bañez expressed on his Facebook that his father was killed under a “regime that sows terror to those who believe in justice.”
Gunmen ambushed and killed Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez of RTC Branch 25 in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, late afternoon of November 5 on his way home in Brgy. Mameltac, San Fernando City, La Union.
Tobacco farmers were disappointed with the measly P1.00 increase on all types of tobacco, across the grades offered by traders during the tripartite conference held on September 25 in Quezon City, Philippines.
For the first time, two of the largest tobacco farmers' organizations in Ilocos came up with a common stand for the floor price negotiations tomorrow, September 25, in Quezon City.
The president of the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers Association and Cooperatives scored the proposed increase on the floor price of tobacco for being “very far” from the consolidated results of the pre-tripartite workshop of farmers last August.
NAFTAC President Bernard Vicente said they are preparing for an uphill battle in the upcoming tobacco price negotiations especially with the imposition of higher taxes on tobacco and other measures but hopeful that farmers will have stronger negotiating voice this time with groups like Stop Exploitation calling for farmers to put forward a unified price demand.
The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation urged tobacco farmers to set aside political beliefs and affiliations and unite another a common price increase demand for the National Tobacco Tripartite Consultative Assembly scheduled on September 25-26 at the National Capital Region.
Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation, the regional peasant organization in Ilocos, welcomed the measures and plans of provincial governments to mitigate the impact of plummeting prices of unhusked rice caused by the Rice Trade Liberalization Law (RTL). However, the groups underscored that these are “not enough” and “band-aid solutions”, and urged local officials to support the repeal of the RTL as a strategic solution that will benefit their constituents.