The party list Abono claimed in an article by the Inquirer that they have been consistent in fighting for the rights and interests of farmers. Calling it unfair to be branded “dubious” even though they are aligned with Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
It is really funny when Abono asks where the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) was “when we (Abono) were fighting for fertilizer subsidy and price support for palay.” Bayan and KMP exposed how fertilizer subsidy for farmers was diverted to Gloria’s 2004 electoral campaign, a.k.a the fertilizer scam. Where was Abono when KMP’s Ka Daning risked life and limb to testify in the Senate?
In think they have a short sense of history in asking where Bayan was “when we (Abono) were calling for the immediate investigation of San Roque Dam officials.” Hello Abono!? Since 1998, Bayan was one with the Cordillera people in opposing this multi-billion peso project. I ask, where was Abono then?
Alex Remollino, a writer of Bulatlat and now a volunteer of Bayan adds:
KMP (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas), a Bayan member-organization, opposed pork importation at the height of swine flu and has been fighting for government support for agriculture — yes, including fertilizer subsidy and price support for palay — long before Abono was even a concept. Bayan organizations were also the first to call for an investigation of San Roque Dam officials in the aftermath of Pepeng. And where was Abono all these years that Bayan has been fighting for genuine agrarian reform?