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events in the Ilocos

Activists hold tribute for slain Ilocos judge

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.

RTC judge killed in La Union ambush

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.

AGAINST ALL ODDS | Why do Ilokano farmers stick with tobacco?

Ilocos farmers and tobacco have a long history but the things that keep them together despite the numerous difficulties are beyond sentimental. Farmers are chained to the crop by political and economic circumstances perpetuated by the deeply rooted social inequality in the Philippines.

NAFTAC expects tougher negotiations on tobacco price increase

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.

Peasant group urges unity as tobacco price negotiation nears

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.

LGU measures on RTL commendable, but not enough – Stop Exploitation

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.