The Office of the President upheld the suspension of husband-wife tandem, mayor Jendricks Luna and vice mayor Joy Chrisma, of Lagayan town in Abra for dishonesty and grave misconduct.
Cordillera People’s Alliance said in a statement issued on Thursday, March 7 that the planners of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project “did not take into account the overall development plan of the Chico River and the province of Kalinga, such as the building of many hydropower, geothermal and mining projects.”
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.
For alleged dishonesty and grave misconduct, the Abra provincial council suspended the mayor of Lagayan town for the third time.
A second suspension order was issued by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Abra against Lagayan town Mayor Jendricks Luna and his wife Vice Mayor Joy Chrisna in connection with the construction of the Collago-Lucgay Road.
The Abra provincial board suspended Lagayan town mayor Jendricks Luna and wife, vice-mayor Joy Chrisma for allegedly falsely reporting the completion of an over one million worth of a road project.
Tobacco farmers are asking President Rodrigo Duterte and lawmakers to probe into how millions of the tobacco excise tax shares of their local governments were spent. For nearly three decades now, benefits from tobacco excise tax shares of local government units have remained a tobacco farmer’s illusion.
CARMMA said Sandiganbayan’s decision to allow former first lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos to post bail is “a blow to martial law victims and the Filipino people who have continued fighting for justice and accountability.”
Human rights and famers’ group on Tuesday, November 13, slammed the statement made by National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde and the Sandiganbayan’s deferment of the former first lady’s warrant of arrest over the conviction of Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos.
Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said, Lorna Ricardo, a district engineer assigned in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) who was caught on camera allegedly asking for “grease money” from a contractor for a 100 million peso road project in Ifugao is now on preventive suspension.
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.
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.”