MANILA – The fight for the Coco Levy Trust Fund took some of the spotlight today, May 27, during the 26th death anniversary of Senator Lorenzo “Ka Tanny” Tañada.
Speaking at a commemoration event at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani, former Quezon Representative Oscar “Ka Oca” Santos shared the late senator’s last request of him in behalf of the coconut farmers.
Ka Tanny and his son former Senator Wigberto “Ka Bobby” Tañada, along with Ka Oca, have been at the forefront of the fight for a Coco Levy Trust Fund, as well as better rights and support for coconut farmers and industry, for many decades.
Also present in the event was Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who is the principal author of the Coco Levy Trust Fund Bill at the Senate.
“Three generations of former and now incumbent senators have campaigned and fought hard for both court action and meaningful legislation to correct the decades’ long injustice wrought on the coconut farmers. The struggle continues,” said Pangilinan.
As presidential adviser on food security and agricultural modernization in the last administration, Pangilinan championed the coconut farmers’ cause, recognizing the need to reclaim the stolen levies that has only enriched the late dictator and his cronies.
The bicameral conference on the Coco Levy Trust Fund Bill has not yet been scheduled.