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.
Mrs. Eco- International Sheila Teodoro DeForest urged everyone to set aside political differences and work together for the protection and conservation of the environment.
The family of journalist and rights activist Brandon Lee expressed worries about his safety and the impartiality of the ongoing investigation. They also voiced disbelief on the military’s denial of its involvement in the shooting nor its claim of having a “harmonious relationship” with the victim.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and former Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat, Jr. joined the call to stop the attacks against activists, and for the government to ensure their protection and safety.
The Commission on Human Rights head in the Cordillera expressed alarm over the “thinning democratic space” aggravated by the institutionalized red-tagging of human rights defenders by the government.
Former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that issues on Philippine sovereignty and economy are the pressing matters that President Duterte should address in his 4th State of the Nation Address during a forum on The True State of the Nation in Baguio city hours before the president delivers his speech.
Government and corporate investment projects continue to displace indigenous peoples (IP) in many Asian countries, including the Philippines, from their ancestral lands according to the statement of indigenous peoples groups presented during the 12th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) on July 16 in Geneva, Switzerland by the Task Force Indigenous Peoples.
Ang Agaw Agimat: Parnaso ng Isang Bilanggong Politikal ang ikalawang koleksyon ng mga tula ni Rene Boy Abiva o RBA na isang dating detenidong politikal.
The passage of the Rice Liberalization Act (RA 11203) to resolve the looming rice supply crisis and inflation, as claimed by the economic managers of the Duterte administration, showed that the government never learned from the economic tragedies brought by more than three decades of globalization policies (liberalization, deregulation, and privatization) in the Philippines.
More Lumad from Bukidnon province were rescued from their “slave-like” work in Ilocos according to the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (Agricultural Workers’ Union or UMA).