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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

'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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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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.

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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

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?

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

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

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

Aquino vows to certify coco levy bill as urgent

Nov 26, 2014 - 4:31 PM

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

Aquino to meet with marching coconut farmers

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:00 PM

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

FARMER'S MARCH. Coconut farmer Dionisio Abao hopes President Benigno Aquino III will allow farmers like him to benefit from the P71-billion coco levy funds. All photos by Jom Tolentino/Rappler

Farmers urge SC to make decision on coco levy case final

Nov 19, 2014 - 7:11 PM

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

Will Aquino face the marching coconut farmers?

Nov 11, 2014 - 6:03 PM

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

FARMER'S MARCH. Coconut farmer Dionisio Abao hopes President Benigno Aquino III will allow farmers like him to benefit from the P71-billion coco levy funds. All photos by Jom Tolentino/Rappler

BIR: Cojuangco may claim tax deductions

Jul 12, 2013 - 6:16 AM

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

San Miguel chairman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. (R) and president Ramon Ang at the diversified conglomerate's annual stockholders' meeting in 2013. Photo courtesy of San Miguel

2012 YEARENDER: The San Miguel-coco levy saga

Jan 02, 2013 - 1:20 PM

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

Task force recommendations on coco levy out soon

Sep 29, 2012 - 1:49 PM

A presidential task force will reconvene on October 5 to determine the government s next move on the coco levy funds