Danding Cojuangco

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Not only can a presidential candidate with a shoestring budget win but when he also promises to stamp out corruption, he would be the butt of jokes. He’d be called a nuisance candidate or a quixotic wannabe, someone who dreams big and accomplishes nothing. And in today’s big-bucks presidential campaigns, it’s like racing the “Indianapolis 500” with a go-kart against the Read More …

Battle Royale: Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay, and Grace Poe

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Finally, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay has an opposition in the race to Malacanang. With President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III’s “anointment” of Interior and Local Government Manuel “Mar” Roxas as the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate in next year’s elections, Roxas will give Binay a run for his money. Although polls show that Roxas is far behind Binay and Sen. Grace Poe Read More …

Jerry Acuzar

By Amado P. Macasaet Malaya ‘Poor people will not die of hunger and disease if   the government   teaches them the virtue of helping themselves.’ It is not just the fact that President Aquino cancelled the lease of 20,000 hectares of land to Jerry Acuzar, brother-in-law of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa. What matters a lot in the lease is the denial of poor people Read More …

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By Charlie V. Manalo The Daily Tribune A move by the government to tap into the coconut levy funds which were liquidated recently through the redemption of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) shares that yielded more than P11 billion, to finance the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) was criticized by a militant farmers group saying that it would probably be used to pay for the P10 Read More …

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Source: Malaya THE Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a Sandiganbayan 2004 ruling that the 7.2 percent shares of Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. at the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) belong to the government. The High Court en banc, in its decision promulgated Nov. 27, denied the petition filed by Cojuangco to nullify the decision of the anti-graft court. The decision effectively voided the May 25, 1975 Read More …

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BY MARC JAYSON CAYABYAB AND GIAN C. GERONIMO GMA News   Ed Mora has been drying coconut meat to make copra since he was 10, helping his father tend their six-hectare plantation in Quezon province. Thirty years later, he is fighting for the fruits of their labor on the streets of Manila. On the 40th anniversary of Martial Law, Mora, 54, is leading a farmers’ Read More …

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By David Dizon ABS-CBNnews.com  MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno could bring new hope to a coalition of coconut farmers pushing for the reopening of the coco levy case against businessman Danding Cojuangco involving his shares in San Miguel Corporation worth an estimated P80 billion. Marco Sardillo, former executive director of the Presidential Commission on Good Government and now Read More …

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By AMADO P. MACASAET MALAYA ‘There is so much confusion about the coconut levy. It is now alleged by the coconut farmers that the levy belongs to them.’ THERE is so much confusion about the coconut levy. It is now alleged by the coconut farmers that the levy belongs to them. They claimed the Supreme Court erred when it ruled that Eduardo M. Cojuangco used Read More …

Source: philstar.com MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has declared unconstitutional two presidential acts creating trust funds for farmers in connection with the controversial coco-levy funds. In a 23-page decision written by Associate Justice Roberto Abad, the SC ruled as illegal Executive Order 312, which sought to establish a P1-billion fund from the assets acquired using coco-levy funds and Executive Order 313, or the Read More …

Source: CBCP News QUEZON City, April 8, 2012—The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) urged the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to sequester and distribute the lands of Filipino mogul Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, which he has obtained by the arbitrary use of the coco levy funds during Marcos’ time. In a statement, Pamalakaya national chairman Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap said, President Benigno C. Read More …