Agri groups welcome TRO on Poe’s candidacy
Gifts of Hope to Country’s Farmers
Two agricultural groups in the country expressed elation over the issuance of the TROs (Temporary Restraining Orders) by the Supreme Court on the two Commission on Elections (Comelec) rulings disqualifying Senator Poe from the presidential election next year.
They said the TROs are “gifts of hope” to the agriculture sector that has pinned its hope on Poe as someone who would push and implement agriculture development in the country.
They also said they are sure that Poe would ensure that the farmers’ interests are prioritized and protected by stopping smuggling of agricultural products into the country.
“The Supreme Court decisions also rekindled our confidence in the judicial system of our country, as the highest court of the land showed it is truly a court of justice and compassion. We are optimistic that the Supreme Court would be fair and considerate when it issues the final decision on the cases against our prospective president,” the groups, both signed by Rosendo So, said.
“It is our earnest hope that the justices would honor jurisprudence on the rights of foundlings to a country and citizenship, and to carefully look into the facts of Senator Poe’s residency and actual presence in the Philippines,” the farmes said.
The two groups likewise called on those who filed disqualification cases against Senator Grace Poe to also file disqualification cases against the habitual nuisance candidates for president, who are making a mockery of our electoral system.
“They are not against justice and fairness but are motivated by narrow political agenda of ensuring that Poe, who continuously leads the presidential race, must be disqualified at all costs and manners,” they said.
The agricultural sector accounts for 30 percent of the country’s labor force.
“The farmers always expressed our strong support to the presidential candidacy of Senator Poe in 2016 elections. This is because have seen her consistent efforts to give priority to the concerns of the agriculture sector and the interest of Filipino farmers since she was elected senator,” they said.
Po consistently underscored the importance of food security, which entails improving local agricultural production by irrigating additional 500,000 hectares of farmlands.
She filed or supported bills to help the agricultural sector, including Senate Bill No. 2348 which last 7 August 2014 which aims to define smuggling of goods with an aggregate amount of P1 million as economic sabotage.
She backed the passage of Senate Bill 1282 which gives incentives to those venturing into farming , thus encouraging more and young Filipinos to go into agriculture.
She filed Senate Bill 2089, or An Act Promoting Corporate Farming and Providing Incentives for its Effective Implementation which would increase efficiency in the agriculture sector.
Senator Poe has also called for more public-private partnerships (PPP) that would enhance productivity in the agriculture sector.
As agricultural stakeholders, they said they have seen how Senator Poe dealt with the farmers, how she takes into heart their concerns and the challenges they face especially the country is entering the era of Asian integration.
“Thus, we will continue to rally behind her presidential bid, and it is our earnest prayer that her name would be in the ballot in the 2016 presidential elections, with the help of our kind and fair magistrates. That, for us, would be the greatest gift of hope for us – the country’s farmers,” they said.
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