Coconut farmers want President Rodrigo Duterte to use his 2nd State of the Nation Address to fulfill his campaign promise to them
Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Romulo dela Rosa says they will push for the inclusion of the coco levy trust fund bill in President Rodrigo Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address
Dela Rosa takes over following the suspension of his predecessor Avelino Andal
During the campaign, President Duterte vowed to return the coconut levy fund to poor farmers within his first 100 days. Congressmen are getting in the way.
'Jurisprudence dictates that individual rights do not preclude the peoples' right to public justice,' says the anti-graft court in its resolution thumbing down the petitions of businessman Danding Cojuangco
Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, chair of the PCA governing board, says the board members are ready to attend the probe and stand by the suspension of PCA Administrator Avelino Andal
PART 3: Will the coconut farmers, among the country's poorest of the poor, finally claim what is rightfully theirs as promised by the President?
PART 2: More than the long, arduous fights in court for the coconut levy funds, the main battleground is in Malacañang and Congress, where politics comes into play
Part 1: Many coconut farmers have died waiting in vain, and with them went the hope they would one day reap the 'rewards' of what's seen as among the biggest scams of the century
The bill seeks to create a P75-billion trust fund for coconut farmers and the industry, and to provide the framework for its management and use
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The President wants the P74-billion coco levy fund to be 'exclusively used for the benefit of the coconut farmers,' says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III
Duterte's incoming agriculture chief also pushes for the 'massive replanting of coconut' to regain the Philippines' status as the world's 'number one coconut producer'
But Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano say, unlike Senator Poe, they are not beholden to elites involved in the coco levy scam
The two also sign a manifesto saying they will support efforts to recover the contested funds that remain with the Danding Cojuangco-led San Miguel Corporation
The presidential bet says she only signed a committee report so that a consolidated bill could move forward for deliberation: 'Wala pang bill'
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The presidential bet stands by her earlier statement – that Cojuangco has no more business in the release of coco levy funds
Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero blame the Liberal Party for the non-disbursement of the funds to farmers. The LP asks: What did you do as senators?
Navotas City is home to Toby Tiangco, a key figure in the opposition who publicized Grace Poe's residency issue
The candidates say businessman Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco Jr, whose political party has endorsed them, already returned the coconut farmers' money to gov't
'We've been running with insufficient capital since 1986,' says UCPB official Ildefonso Jimenez
The United Coconut Planters Bank says it is merely protecting its own shareholders, including the majority government shareholder, as well as preserving bank assets
The May budget surplus of P67.3B is 472% higher than the P11.8B surplus recorded in the same period in 2014
Presidential assistant Francis Pangilinan says the solution is the judicious use of the coco levy fund, not a knee-jerk opposition to it
Citing a High Court resolution, the Office of the Solicitor General and PCGG say the disputed UCPB shares are rightfully owned by the Republic of the Philippines
Defendants in 4 coconut levy cases cite delay as basis for their plea, saying these have been pending for 28 years already
(UPDATED) Executive Order 180 allows the use of the multibillion-peso coconut levy funds to empower coconut farmers who are among the country's poorest
The EO will be a temporary measure while Congress is in the process of approving a bill that will ensure funds for coconut farmers, which Aquino has promised to certify as urgent
Addressing coconut farmers in Malacañang Palace, President Benigno Aquino III pledges to act quickly on their petition on the use of the multi-billion-peso coconut levy fund
The President is set to meet with 71 coconut farmers who have marched 1,750 kilometers to demand that billions of pesos in coco levy funds directly benefit them
Anti-poverty chief Joel Rocamora says that without a partial entry of judgment on a court decision made 2 years ago, Malacañang cannot move to use the funds to help coconut farmers
The coconut farmers are more than half-way done with their 71-day, 1,750-kilometer journey. Will Aquino face them in Malacañang?
In two weeks, 71 coconut farmers will arrive in Malacañang, hoping to meet face-to-face with President Aquino to demand action on the P71-billion coco levy funds
Secretary Francis Pangilinan gives the assurance as coconut farmers call on President Aquino to mobilize the P71-billion coco levy funds for the benefit of the coconut industry
Businessman Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco may be entitled to income tax deductions in relation to the UCPB shares he lost following a final Supreme Court ruling awarding said shares to government
In a 14-0 decision, the Supreme Court denies with finality Cojuangco’s motion for reconsideration
(UPDATED) In fear, National Anti-Poverty Commission employees hole up in their office. Militants, however, blame the police for violence.
The Supreme Court rules in a landmark case in 2012 that a 24% stake in diversified conglomerate San Miguel belongs to the state and should be used for the benefit of coconut farmers
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The Department of Agriculture (DA) aims to use the coconut levy funds recovered by the government for provision of farm inputs to raise the competitiveness of the coconut industry.
The amount will go to programs benefiting the coconut industry and its farmers
A presidential task force will reconvene on October 5 to determine the government's next move on the coco levy funds
The contested shares in San Miguel Corp. may eventually be out of government's control when the country's biggest conglomerate execute its latest capital raising plan