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Filipino farmers demand government funds

MANILA (UCAN): Some 200 farmers arrived in Manila on April 19 after walking the 135 kilometres from Quezon province to make a special appeal to the government to release the billions of pesos collected by the more than three-decades-old Coco Levy Fund.

The tax was introduced during the dictatorship of former president, Ferdinand Marcos, in the 1970s, purportedly to support the development of the coconut industry, a major export crop of The Philippines.

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When they asked for food they got bullets

MANILA (SE): Jesus may have found it hard to believe that a father would give his son a scorpion when he asked for bread, but when a massed rally of around 6,000 farmers from a declared drought disaster zone blocked the 220 kilometre highway link between the provinces of Davao and Cotabato at Kidapawan City on March 30, to asked the government for food, it gave them bullets.

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