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Tobacco farmers ask probe into LGU tobacco excise tax use

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.

STATEMENTS | On the Sandiganbayan’s decision on Imelda’s case

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."

Double standard on Imelda’s arrest slammed

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.

DPWH engineer suspended for alleged extortion

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.

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...

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.

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ILOCOS REGION

Church leads HR day commemoration in Pangasinan

The Promotion for Church People’s Response led the commemoration of the International Human Righths Day in Pangasinan with a mass and forum that tackled the people’s moral and spiritual responsibility to expose and act against social injustice.

CORDILLERA REGION

DPWH not part of planning for RTF-ELCAC road projects

The Cordillera regional office of the DPWH said they were not part of the planning for the road projects that the anti-insurgency task force is insisting on them to implement.

CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION

Nueva Vizcaya stands by checkpoints, barricade against OceanaGold

The local government and people of Nueva Vizcaya would continue the checkpoints and barricade against OceanoGold despite the DILG’s order to dismantle them.