Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (Pakisama
) representative Rene Serilla expressed confidence that Duterte will answer the call of the farmers through incoming DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano.
The farmers' group Pakisama particularly pointed out that Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the the Senate committee on agriculture, failed to deliver the promise she made as early as November 2014, to sign the bill.
Pakisama and allied groups had already unified the support of all the other senators, including Senator Serge Osmena, whose initial questions about the bill had already been answered; as well as Senators Francis Escudero and Grace Poe, who already committed their support.
Banzuela, who's also the national coordinator of Pakisama
(Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka), said Robredo was instrumental in the fight of the farmers who eventually won the case and received 197 hectares of land.
Among the groups represented in the forum were the Diocese of Novaliches, Caritas, the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples - Agta, Sukatan and Pakisama
Some of its prominent federation members are PAKISAMA
(in 46 provinces), Pambansang Kilusan ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (in 42 provinces), and Kilusang Mangingisda (in 15 provinces).
Vic Fabe, Pakisama
chair and Alyansa Agrikultura vice president for Luzon, died unexpectedly last March 2.
"We thank God for giving guidance to the Supreme Court justices in making a decision, because after two years of waiting, the coco levy case was issued an entry of judgment so that coco farmers across the Philippines could use [the funds]," Pakisama
president Ireneo Cerilla said in a statement.
Its petitioners include Alyansa Agrikultura leaders like Lakambini president Cita Esmao, COIR Executive Director Joey Faustino, and Pakisama
honorary chair Vic Fabe.
BalikProbinsiya, the Philippine Coconut Society (PCS) and the Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka (Pakisama
) are ready with a Coconut Revitalization Program to bring inclusive coconut renaissance to rural Philippine grassroots.
Vic Fabe, president of Pakisama
, said affiliates of the national federation of farmers' groups with 65,000 members in 49 provinces have vowed to make sure that Sonny Angara would get zero votes in next year's elections.
The marchers are supported by the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Association of Major Religious Superiors, the peasant federation Pakisama
, the Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance, Sulong Carper and AR (agrarian reform) Now!