Once again, the CPP-NPA will be blamed for causing the social and economic ills of the Philippines. The government will brush away that the precipitating reason this time is that there were those in the government who evolved the Rice Tariffication Law.
Kabataan Party-list Cagayan Valley filed a petition in the House of Representatives opposing the mandatory implementation of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Members of Timpuyog dagiti Mannalon ti Kalinga (TMK or Farmers Unity in Kalinga) called for the repeal of Republic Act No. 11203 or the Rice Trade Liberalization Act (RTLA), emphasizing the law will eventually kill the rice industry.
Farmers called Senator Cynthia Villar “insensitive” to the sufferings of farmers caused by the Rice Tariffication Law for the senator’s “fake news” statement regarding the P8-10 palay prices.
Igorots imprisoned at the New Bilibid Prison expressed concern for their security following the demotion of “kubols” inside the maximum-security compound led by BuCor chief Gerald Bantag, according to their relatives.
The Provincial Board of Ilocos Sur compelled the DPWH and PENRO to stop the tree-cutting operation along the Manila North Road after discovering some procedural lapses. PENRO issued a special tree-cutting permit to DPWH to cut at least 1,165 trees, some of which are century-old acacia to implement the directive of Secretary Mark Villar to remove all obstructions along the 20-meter highway road right-of-way before the end of 2019.
Gabriela Women's Partylist Representative Arlene Brosas took her Oath of Office at the ancestral house of women revolutionary Doña Maria Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang, better known as Gabriela Silang. The local government of Candon City restored the place and converted it to a museum. This is where Gabriela and husband Diego planned their revolt against the Spanish colonizers with the aid of the British forces.
A Benguet court found the City of Baguio and a private contractor guilty of illegally occupying a portion of the Sinot Hotspring Resort in Nangalisan, Tuba.
Inaprubaran ni Pres. Duterte ti joint resolution ti Kongreso maipapan iti extension iti kinabalido ti pondo para kadagiti biktima ti panaglabsing iti karbengan tao idi panawen ti Martial Law. Pinirmaanna ti Joint Resolution 04 idi Pebrero 22.
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.
Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation (Stop Exploitation) said the Rice Tariffication Law, like other policies that deregulated trade and industry, will lead to higher prices and ruin local production.
Makabayan Ilocos said the passage of Rice Tariffication Law puts our farmers in a disadvantageous position and discourages them to plant the crop.