• Marcos: Help drought-hit farmers now

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    THE tragedy in Kidapawan City should prompt the government to take a decisive action in helping farmers hit hard by drought and to address the effects of El Niño on the agricultural sector, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said on Friday.

    Marcos, who had repeatedly urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to speed up programs to help farmers in drought-hit areas especially in Mindanao, said the farmers’ resort to blocking the Davao-Cotabato national highway in Kidapawan to demand rice proves that the government has not done enough to help them.

    “It is an act of desperation and I could not blame them. They are hungry for months, their crops are gone, damaged by El Niño. This should be a wake-up call to our government, our DA officials especially to double their efforts to help them,” the senator added.

    Marcos said the DA should account for the P2.1 billion allocated to assist farmers affected by the drought and spur agricultural production in the first quarter of 2016.

    “The question now is, how is the DA spending the P2.1-billion budget set to help our drought-affected farmers? The DA should explain so that the government can fine-tune the programs set and if needed, allocate more funds to augment it,” he pointed out.
    The senator expressed hope that the money has not been diverted.

    “With the onset of the political season, the DA must take special care to ensure that mitigation efforts for El Niño must be directed to those who really need them most, not just because some politician requested to divert the assistance programs to their areas,” Marcos said.

    “A lot of farmers and their families in the provinces affected by El Niño are suffering and are going to suffer more hardships if the DA won’t be able to deliver on its promise,” he added.

    Sen. Grace Poe also condemned the violent dispersal of farmers.

    “The situation calls for authorities and concerned agencies to immediately investigate and resolve this case, and bring to justice those responsible. The farmers staged their activity for a rightful demand — government aid amid the drought being experienced in the province, which is killing their crops and depriving them of harvest and food to eat,” she said in a statement.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp deplored too the dispersal of the farmers.

    “Vice President Jejomar Binay deplores the use of violence to disperse the farmers in Kidapawan demanding rice from the government. Bigas ang hinihingi, pero bala ang ibinigay [They were asking for rice, they got bullets instead],” United Nationalist Alliance campaign spokesman Rico Quicho said.

    “Hunger is a reality that must be addressed not by violence but by compassion and concrete programs to improve the lives of the poor,” he added.

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    1. I dont think Ms. Poe can handle the situation like this. She is the puppet of Pnoy the evil..Hindi lang sa salita, ang problema paano niya maimplement ang dapat gawin para sa mga farmers.. Tulad nga ng sabi ni BBM na may allocated funds na dito, na dapat sana inimplement ng DA, nassan ang pera na allocated dito, wag lang sana naidivert sa ibang gastusin, .. Baka kung saan namn napunta ang pera para sa mga magsasaka.????. Ngayon alam b ni Ms. Poe itong bagay na ito.. dito palang wala syang masabi na paraan.. Madaling sabihin ang kanyang slogan,pero mahirap gawin, and you people had to accept it. para siyang si corykong, she is nothing.. but plainly housewife lang..The worst thing is ”SHE IS THE PUPPET OF PNOY AQUINO III.
      Kaya hindi siya dapat iboto.. dahil hindi niya maipakukulong ang salot na lider ng bansang Pilipinas..sa dami ng kasalanan nito sa mamayang Filipino lalo na sa Mamasapano massacre..

    2. Reminiscent of hacienda luisita, Mendiola and now kidapawan farmer’s massacre…. and who are at the helm…. these bitches AQUINOS (mother and son tandem)….

    3. congratulations senator grace poe for being the consistant no.1 in
      all polls … we hope and pray that you will end up the winner this
      coming may 9, 2016 …..mabuhay ang kandidato na may ” gobyernong may
      puso “…

      Deserve mo yan Sen Poe dahil ikaw ang karapat-dapat na maging
      presidente ng bansa dahil sa iyong galing at malasakit sa bansa,
      Inaasahan namin na ikaw ang mananalo at maipagpapatuloy mo ang iyong
      pagseserbisyo ng mabuti sa iyong mga kababayan at pati na rin sa bansa.

      mabuhay ka senator grace poe … our future commander in chief in may 9,2016..you are indeed our president after aquino. Keep up the good campaign .we will vote for you this coming election.

      • POE is inconsistent running for president! She’s a LIAR and CORRUPT like AQUINO! She’s nothing to handle PHILLIPPINES! She’s like CORY CORRUPT AQUINO! She’s doing nothing in the senate???

    4. Ang dapat dito e matulungan talaga ang mga farmers na napinsala ng pangyayari na ito. Kailangan ang suusnod na gobyerno e gagawa ng paraan para maging maayos ang lahat. Naniniwala ako na kampo ni Grace Poe ang makakagawa ng maige para dito kaya suportahan natin ang kampo nila Grace Poe dahil buo ang tiwala ko sa kanila

    5. Why not disperse the millions that the Marcos Family has stollen from the government and the private sector that Marcos took during the martial law years, so with Binays riches taken from Makati treasury that Binay took out of CORRUPTION activities look at Binay 300 hectars of property valued by millions in Batangas he accumulated while being Mayor of Makati and give it to the hungry farmers in Cotabato so that those hungry people will have something to fill their stomack. What is Marcos Jr. and Binay doing?? keeping their loot for themselves? why not share that to the hungry farmers! if you have the heart the way you are singing!

      • vote BBM to disperse the millions that the Marcos family allegedly stollen from the government and the private sector that Marcos took during the martial law.

      • ANG MERON KASALANAN SA BAYAN ANG MGA AQUINO SILA ANG NAG TRAIDOR UNA SI NINOY ANG NAGBUNYAG NA TOP SECRET THE PLAN INVASION OF SABAH TO RETAKE OUR LOST TERRITORY. KUNG SA U.S.A. NANGYARI POSAS SIYA NG FBI. PANGALAWA SIYA ANG ISA SA NAGTATAG NG COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES SA HACIENDA LUISITA NOONG 1969. PANGATLO HINDI SIYA ANG NABIKTIMA NA PAGBOMBA SA PLAZA MIRANDA KUNDI ANG KAPUWA NIYA MGA SENADOR NA TOTOONG LIBERAL PARTY NASAAN SIYA ANDOON SA HYATT HOTEL TINAWAG NIYA ANG 1 TAGA MEDIA NA BUHAY NA BUHAY NGAYONG PINABABA SA ENTABLADO AT PINAPUNTA NIYA SA HYATT HOTEL. ANONG GINAWA NG COMMUNISTA/NPA PINAPATAY ANG KANILANG SUPPORTERS NA GUSTO NA KUMALAS, PAG SUSPECTED SPY KA PAPATAYIN KA RIN NILA, PAG ESTUYDYANTE KA NA PARANG KAKALAS KA SA SAMAHAN MAWAWALA KA AT LAHAT IBIBIBLAME KAY PRES. MARCOS.

        KAY EVIL DICTATOR CORY SHE PROSTITUTED OUR GOVERNMENTAL INTRUMENTALITIES AT MOTHBALLED BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PARA BIGYAN DAAN ANG MGA COAL FIRED POWER PLANT NG MGA OLIGARCHS NA PINAYAMAN NIYA. HINDI LANG IYAN PRES. MARCOS NATIONALIZE ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION BY MAKING MERALCO OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE FILIPINO PEOPLE LOW MONTHLY BILLING. PERO KAY EVIL DICTATOR TINANGGAL LAHAT NIYA AT SHE MADE IT SYSTEMATICALLY TO MAKE THE HIGH COST OF ELECTRICITY NOW REACHING 1,000 PERCENT BY ENACTING LAWS PSALM AND MANY MORE. MARAMI PA KAY ADOLF HITLER PNOY LALONG NIYANG GINAWA ANG OLIGARCHS NA DOLLAR BILLIONAIRES. LAST YEAR 18 COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS WERE BUILT AND NOW BEFORE HE LEFT OFFICE 26 ARE TO BE BUILT. NOT ONLY THAT HE BEGS IN PARIS COPY 21 ASKING MONEY TO ALLEVIATE THE EFFECTS DAW NG CLIMATE CHANGE SA ATING BANSA. EDI GAGO PALA . . SIYA ANG NO. 1 VIOLATOR NG CLEAN AIR ACT AT DULOT NITO 1,000 DEATHS PER DAY ACCORDING TO EXPERTS. NOT ONLY THAT OLIGARCHS WERE GIVEN TAX PERKS AMOUNTING TO PHP200 BILLION PESOS. NO WONDER HINDI NIYA MAIBIGAY ANG SSS INCREASE PENSION AT AFP/PNP INCREASE PENSION. SAAN NAPUNTA ANG PERA WALA NAMAN PROYEKTO KAY MARCOS MERON BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, ILIGAN INTEGRATED STEEL MILLS, CAR BODY STAMPING PLANT, CAR ENGINE TRANSMISSION PLANT PAPUNTA NA TAYO SA INDUSTRIALIZATION. PERO ANONG NANGYARI WINALANGHIYA NG MGA AQUINO.

    6. jeff jaramillo on

      During the Marcos administration, the Philippines had excess rice harvest. The government gave importance to agriculture. And they started building irrigation to further sustain good farm harvest.

      30 years after, the farmers can’t even have enough harvest to feed their families.

      Sad, sad, sad

      The farmers blocked the road! The road that is presumed to be daang matuwid.

      Where is Pnoy. Is he hiding under the bed like his mother when crisis arise?

      • During the Marcos ERA, there is no El NINIO or global warming & climate change so there is plenty of rain and water to irrigate the rice fields. One thing that I am certain about was the Marcos ERA. there was rampant looting of Philippine treasury money by Marcos hand his Cronies, that Bong-bong Marcos Jr. categorically denied it. Imelda is strong and alive ready to replay the looting once Jr. will size power!