The two coconut farmers were killed while on their way home to Taquico village in Sampaloc, Quezon
Tags: coco levy funds
“Throughout the past regimes, Danding was able to amass great wealth, power, and influence after plundering the coco levy fund collected from small coconut farmers during Martial Law.”
“Today, the Filipino peasant masses vow to further our struggle for genuine land reform.”
Farmers are fast losing hope after President Duterte reneged on his promise to return the coco levy fund to small coconut farmers and there have been moves inside the Department of Agrarian Reform to reverse the administrative and department orders, favoring farmers, which were issued by former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano.
Antonio Pajalla used to be a trade unionist before he went underground and joined the New People’s Army. He availed of the government’s amnesty program to lead an “ordinary life.” But not quite: he is a peasant leader who was recently arrested then released.
“All of the presidentiables appear resigned and convinced that Cojuangco really owns the 20 percent in SMC that was acquired using the coco levy funds. This is an insult and betrayal to millions of small coconut farmers.”