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Duterte seeks passage of coco levy bill after vetoing it

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:20 PM

'I also have not forgotten my commitment,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the coco levy funds

To Go With Philippines-weather-storm-poverty,FEATURE by Cecil Morella This photo taken on December 10, 2014, a coconut farmer preparing coconuts to be made of copra, at a coconut farm just next to the seashore in Hernani town, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. Life is a constant throw of the dice for farmer Nilo Dilao and other residents of the Philippine island of Samar, the gateway for many of East Asia's deadliest storms. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

'Na-Duterte kami:' Why farmers feel betrayed by coco levy vetoes

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Coconut farmers slam President Duterte for inconsistencies amid the veto of two coconut levy bills, which would have paved the way for the use of funds stolen from them

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Amid Duterte veto, Tañada vows to push coco levy bill in Senate

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Opposition senatorial candidate Erin Tañada says the coco levy funds, once returned, could be used to help farmers diversify their products and skills

ON COCO LEVY. Erin Tañada speaks during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on Monday, March 4. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte vetoes coconut farmers trust fund bill

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:28 PM

It's back to the drawing board for lawmakers on how the P76-billion coco levy funds will be managed in order to benefit coconut farmers

VETO. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on February 6, 2019. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Why Duterte vetoed bill on Philippine Coconut Authority

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:23 AM

There are 3 main reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte, with a 'heavy heart,' sent the enrolled bill back to Congress for further deliberation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte vetoes bill reconstituting Philippine Coconut Authority

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The proposed law – critical to the distribution of coco levy funds to coconut farmers – 'lacks vital safeguards,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a letter to Congress

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte signs a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within his first 100 days in office. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte taps ex-Air Force chief Kintanar to head PH Coconut Authority

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he has asked Philippine Coconut Authority officials to tender their courtesy resignations

NEW PCA CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints former Philippine Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Kintanar as Philippine Coconut Authority chief. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms turnover of P75B in coco levy funds to gov't

Dec 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The anti-graft court denies the motions for reconsideration filed by corporations, which were part of the scam

ANTI-GRAFT COURT. The facade of the Sandiganbayan building. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Duterte betrayed us on coco levy promise,' says farmers group

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:37 PM

'Pinagtaksilan kami ni Duterte... Taliwas ito sa kanyang pangakong panig siya sa aming mga naghihirap na maliliit na magniniyog,' says Kilus Magniniyog after the president threatened to veto coco levy bill

BETRAYAL? In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte promised coconut farmers that he would return the coco levy funds to them via a trust fund. File photo by Rappler

To avoid Duterte veto, Congress asks Palace to return coco levy bill to them

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:07 PM

(UPDATED) Senators are blaming the fiasco on the supposed incompetence of Presidential Legislative Liaision Office Secretary Adelino Sitoy

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Despite final ruling, Cocolife wants to negotiate coco levy case with PCGG

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Cocolife insists the best way to move forward is through a negotiated settlement with the PCGG, an agency that once expressed openness to dropping suits against the Marcoses

Sandiganbayan settles row: Gov't owns coco levy fund, assets

Aug 09, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The Sandiganbayan's 2nd Division backtracks on its December 2017 ruling that further hearings should be held before it enforces the Supreme Court's decision

FIGHT FOR COCO LEVY. Coconut farmers drop by the Supreme Court during their 2014 march from Davao City to the Palace to demand a coconut levy trust fund. File photo by Rappler

Final version of coco levy bill shatters farmers' hopes

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:48 PM

'Maaaring magtagal na naman ang aming paghihintay at pakikibaka bago makamit ng mga mahihirap at maliliit na magniniyog ang bunga ng coco levy,' says a national coalition of coconut farmers' movements

VILLAR LAUDS APPROVAL OF COCO LEVY BILL BY BICAM PANEL- Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said the approval by the bicameral conference committee of the reconciled version of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Act, "marks the end of the long and grueling journey of enacting a law which will make sure 3.5 million coconut farmers will greatly benefit from the P100-billion funds which are rightfully theirs." In photo are members of the bicam panel (standing) Rep. Cecilia Chavez, Sen.Francis Pangilinan, Rep. Celso Lobregat, Rep. Arthur Yap, Rep. Edcel Lagman, Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria; (seated) Rep. Evelina Escudero, Villar, Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr., and Rep. Sharon Garin. Also in photo are Department of Agriculture officials. Photo by the office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

Coco levy bicam recognizes Suarez as House minority leader

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don't understand why they keep on making noise. They have already lost,' says Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez to the two other blocs challenging him for the minority leadership

MINORITY LEADER? Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures during a press conference on August 1, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Coco levy fund: Duterte's failed promise

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'He's been doing it all along for other bills like the death penalty, lowering of age [of criminal responsibility], why not do this for his campaign promise, coco levy?'

FAILED CAMPAIGN PROMISE? President Rodrigo Duterte promises coconut farmers that he would return the coco levy funds to them. Two years into his term, the promise remains just that. File photo by Rappler

Landmark coco levy trust fund bill hurdles Congress

Mar 19, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Senate Bill 1233 places the management of the fund under a reconstituted Philippine Coconut Authority – the agency that was responsible for the misuse of the funds in the 1970s

File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Recto hit for 'excluding' coconut farmers from coco levy bill

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

'Pera na nga namin, maglo-lobby pa kami? Pera na nga namin, makikiusap pa kami?' says Ed Mora, lead convenor of the Kilusang Magniniyog, on the need for congressional approval before use of coco levy funds

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

No farmers' say in coco levy funds? Pangilinan, Recto clash

Mar 06, 2018 - 8:14 AM

Senators are set to vote on the issue, as Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto wants the government to be the sole manager of the coco levy funds, while Senator Francis Pangilinan wants farmers who paid the taxes to have a role

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Legal battles further delay turnover of coco levy funds to farmers

Jan 14, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The Sandiganbayan rules in favor of UCPB and Cocolife's request to be heard despite an earlier Supreme Court decision that there is no need for further hearings

House OKs bill creating trust fund for coconut farmers

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:17 PM

The passage of the bill once again steals the coconut levy fund from the farmers, according to progressive congressmen who oppose the measure

DEDUCTIONS. A coconut farmers shows documents to prove that the government deducted levies on coconut farmers' products. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Ahead of SONA, farmers demand Duterte action on coco levy vow

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Coconut farmers want President Rodrigo Duterte to use his 2nd State of the Nation Address to fulfill his campaign promise to them

PROMISE. Coconut farmers marched from PCA, where they first met with Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, to Malacañang. Photo from Kilus Magniniyog

New PCA chief 'confident' coco levy bill will pass in 2017

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:45 PM

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

Rappler Talk: Romulo dela Rosa, new PH Coconut Authority chief

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Dela Rosa takes over following the suspension of his predecessor Avelino Andal

Duterte's coco levy promise: It's time to 'force the issue with Congress'

Jun 30, 2017 - 1:32 PM

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

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte signs a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within his first 100 days in office. After a year in office, the promise remains just that. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Sandiganbayan denies Danding's bid to dismiss ill-gotten wealth cases

Apr 21, 2017 - 5:39 PM

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

Pangilinan seeks Senate probe into corruption in PH Coconut Authority

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:40 AM

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

Commemoration Dinner on the 4th death anniversary of former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo at the Centennial Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan on August 18, 2016.

Return coco levy to farmers? Duterte's promise and political will

Jan 23, 2017 - 4:30 PM

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?

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte signs a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within his first 100 days in office. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

The politics of the coco levy scam: From Marcos to Noynoy Aquino

Jan 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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

POLITICS. The long battle for the coco levy funds is not limited to courts, with politics getting in the way of coconut farmers and their beneficiaries.

Coco levy fund scam: Gold for the corrupt, crumbs for farmers

Jan 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM

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

Joint Senate panel approves coco levy bill for coconut farmers

Nov 10, 2016 - 12:58 PM

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

COCO LEVY BILL. A Senate joint panel approves the committee report on the coco levy bill for coconut farmers.

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Oct 31, 2016 - 7:55 PM

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Duterte wants law on use of coco levy funds for farmers – finance chief

Oct 31, 2016 - 3:32 PM

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

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members pray before the start of the 6th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang State Dining Room on September 14. Photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

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Jun 16, 2016 - 7:54 PM

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Duterte to Panelo: Farmers should get coco levy fund

Jun 16, 2016 - 11:20 AM

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

COCO LEVY MANIFESTO. Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate, Alan Peter Cayetano, sign a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within their first 100 days in office. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte, Cayetano promise to return coco levy fund to coconut farmers

Apr 01, 2016 - 7:30 AM

But Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano say unlike Senator Poe they are not beholden to elites involved in the coco levy scam

Duterte, Cayetano vow 'return' of coco levy fund in 1st 100 days

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:36 AM

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

COCO LEVY MANIFESTO. Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano sign a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within their first 100 days in office. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Did Grace Poe sign the coco levy bill?

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The presidential bet says she only signed a committee report so that a consolidated bill could move forward for deliberation: Wala pang bill

Senator Grace Poe and Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero of Galing at Puso visit Samar provincial Hospital at Catbalogan,Samar. Photo by Arnold Almacen

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Mar 11, 2016 - 7:05 PM

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Grace Poe is not Danding Cojuangco's 'puppet' – Chiz

Mar 11, 2016 - 2:17 PM

The presidential bet stands by her earlier statement – that Cojuangco has no more business in the release of coco levy funds

PUPPET? Vice presidential bet Francis Escudero defends presidential candidate Grace Poe from critics saying she is a 'puppet' of businessman Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco Jr.

Danding, coco levy mess rile up Poe, Roxas camps

Mar 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM

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?

Poe, Escudero go to opposition bailiwick Navotas

Mar 11, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Navotas City is home to Toby Tiangco a key figure in the opposition who publicized Grace Poe s residency issue

Poe, Escudero: Gov't, not Danding, should settle coco levy issue

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The candidates say businessman Eduardo Danding Cojuangco Jr whose political party has endorsed them already returned the coconut farmers money to gov t

COJUANGCO CONNECTION. Presidential candidate Grace Poe and her running mate Francis Escudero are asked about their connection to businessman Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco Jr, during their sortie in Quezon province, where many beneficiaries of the coconut levy fund reside. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

UCPB wants new investor as soon as possible

Feb 04, 2016 - 7:27 PM

We ve been running with insufficient capital since 1986 says UCPB official Ildefonso Jimenez

RIGHTFUL OWNERS. The High Court says the proceeds of the UCPB shares are 'to be used only for the benefit of all coconut farmers and for the development of the coconut industry.' File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

UCPB to 'exhaust all legal remedies' to keep shares in CIIF, SMC

Sep 16, 2015 - 3:26 PM

The United Coconut Planters Bank says it is merely protecting its own shareholders including the majority government shareholder as well as preserving bank assets

RIGHTS. UCPB says it has rights to its minority shares of stock in the CIIF Oil Mills, and indirectly, in an 11% portion of the sequestered San Miguel Corporation shares, "which were ruled to be owned by the government for the benefit of coconut farmers and the development of the coco industry," the bank acknowledges.

Gov't incurs record-high budget surplus in May

Jul 20, 2015 - 5:30 PM

The May budget surplus of P67 3B is 472 higher than the P11 8B surplus recorded in the same period in 2014

Supreme Court stops coco levy executive orders

Jul 01, 2015 - 10:34 AM

Presidential assistant Francis Pangilinan says the solution is the judicious use of the coco levy fund not a knee jerk opposition to it

Gov’t seeks turnover of 72% UCPB coco levy stake

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:11 PM

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

Danding Cojuangco asks court to junk coco levy cases

Jun 07, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Defendants in 4 coconut levy cases cite delay as basis for their plea saying these have been pending for 28 years already

Aquino signs EOs on utilization of coco levy funds

Mar 19, 2015 - 4:47 PM

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

PLEDGE. President Benigno S. Aquino III receives the coconut farmers' proposals and recommendations during a dialogue at the Palace Heroes Hall on November 26, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Coconut farmers want to see coco levy EO first

Nov 26, 2014 - 7:23 PM

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