eastwind journals15 Sep 2014 07:09 pm

PANGILINAN BLINKS revives coco chemical

Revives Banned Coconut Chemical
This article is being sent to Senators in the hope that they can intervene.
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By Bernie Lopez
Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification.
Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author’s alone.

The Pesticide Pyramid reveals that the multinational (in this case, Mitsui Chemical Inc. of Japan) orchestrates everyting from the top, that even Malacanang and government agencies (DA-PCA-DOST-FPA) are mere pawns in its drive for profits, to the detriment of the Filipino people. (click photo to blow up)

Author’s Note.
The author sent an open letter to Mr. Kiko Pangilinan, Presidential Assistant on Agriculture (http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/09/letter-to-mr-p), who has the final say on the use or non-use of the deadly chemical Starkle, a neonicotinoid banned in the US/EU, to contain an insect infestation of coconut trees. The letter was a query why he apparently changed his mind about stopping its use. He said earlier to the press it would be stopped, contradicted by PCA officials who said they would continue using it in areas of Batangas.


The Cocolisap thrives in dry hot weather, and Typhoon Glenda arrested its growth. PCA’s alibi was that Typhoon Glenda did not hit 12 Batangas towns so heavily to justify the further use of Starkle in spite of Pangilinan’s previous order. PCA did not present scientific evidence to prove this, making the identification of the 12 towns arbitrary – Agoncillo, Balayan, Cuenca, Nasugbu, Padre Garcia, San Jose, San Juan, San Luis, San Nicolas, Sta. Teresita, Talisay, and Tuy. PCA elements have been suppressing non-chemical solutions proposed by scientists in its drive for the deadly chemical, which would bring in a windfall of ‘commissions’ in the millions.


In the absence of a reply from Mr. Pangilinan, I assume he has blinked and is reviving the use of the deadly chemical. Contrary to PCA claims, a recent appraisal conducted by UPLB scientists within the 12 towns revealed that the Cocolisap is being parasitized, meaning a parasite is aggressively killing it. Parasitation in some sampled leaves were as much as 100%. This implies that infestation is under nature’s control and there is no longer any emergency or need for human intervention.


The drive to use Starkle has been stalled because contractors failed to submit liquidation reports by the deadline of August 22, 2014, which was a requirement to receive a new batch. This implies that many farmers and plantations are refusing the chemical. The move to open up the use in the 12 Batangas towns is apparently to unload unused chemical stocks to be able to get more. Is there a danger they will get ghost farmers and secretly dump the chemical somewhere to be able get a new batch? Otherwise, contractors and their agents in government, universities, or corporations, will lose millions in ‘commissions’. In San Pablo City, PCA reportedly offered cash payments to marginal farmers to entice them to agree to the use of Starkle.


In its entire history worldwide, the chemical HAS NEVER BEEN USED ON A MASSIVE SCALE as what PCA plans (trunk injection on 1.2 million trees, if not more). No one knows its long term ecological effects. Injection of a deadly chemical into the heart of the coconut tree, not just on leaves or roots, is another first, which affects the entire tree, including its fruits. Vendors complain buyers find coconut juice to be sour. PCA received the first trance of P38.5 million in June 2014 for the chemical option, out of a total budget of a staggering P700 million under EO 168. We request the Senators to please freeze the budget until the chemical is forever banned. And, in the absence of an emergency, we request the budget to be reversed back to the DBM to stop the pressure to get more ‘commissions’.


Pangilinan and PCA have been repeatedly warned that once worldwide buyers of our coconut oil discover that we will inject coconut trees with a banned chemical, our multi-billion market which supports 25 million marginals may vanish in the blink of an eye. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com


Here are background materials for Senators, links to previous articles –
(Note. No. 7 explains scientifically the massive ecological impact
of neonicotinoids like Starkle, that has triggered a global moratorium)


1. The Coconut Crisis
2. The PCA-SAGIP-UPLB Syndicate Suppresses Organic Options
3. Replies to PCA-SAGIP Statements
4. Did PCA-SAGIP receive allowances from the chemical firm?
5. 100,000 San Pablo Coco Trees chemicalized by PCA-SAGIP
6. ‘UPLB Mafia’ behind Coco-Chem?
7. Starkle will undermine food security by disrupting entire food chain
8. Save the Coconut Movement issues resolution in protest over banned chemical
9. This article. Pangilinan blinks, revives use of chemical.


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hidden beneath rags
it is hard to see the monster in a beauty queen
hidden beneath elegance
to ‘see’ people as they are
look with your heart not with your eyes


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fill me to the brim
that others may drink
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you will not be healed
for healing is in your faith
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is preceded by healing the soul




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eastwind journals15 Sep 2014 06:49 pm

LETTER TO MR PANGILINAN re- coconut chemical

Assistant President for Agriculture
September 12, 2014


Dear Mr. Kiko Pangilinan
Copy Arancon, SCM, Task Force Sagip
Copy coconut communities, NGOs, and enterprises


I received a copy of the letter of Save the Coconut Movement addressed to you, copy furnished Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Director Romulo Arancon, dated way back July 22 (shown below) stating that UPLB scientists in their field studies revealed that “as many as 80% or more of CSI (coconut scale insect) have been parasitized (killed by parasites)” in survey areas in “Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite”.


This was before Typhoon Glenda, which further neutralized the infestation, as stated in your recent press statement. This implied that you were going to stop the use of chemicals. But what a twist of events, our inside sources revealed that the injection of the chemical Starkle will be continued in 12 towns of Batangas because typhoon Glenda did not hit hard these towns (Agoncillo, Balayan, Cuenca, Nasugbu, Padre Garcia, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, Sta. Teresita, Talisay, Tuy) and CSi infestation in these areas is still heavy. This contradicts recent surveys in two of the said towns, revealing that paratization has in fact improved from 80% in July to 80% to 100% today.


Before I release an article on this matter, I want to get your side. Either people under you do not know or are defying your orders, or you blinked and changed your mind. Which is it? Were you given documents showing that indeed there is still heavy infestation in Batangas? Or was it an unfounded report?


I understand that you are a lawyer, and you depend heavily on Arancon, who is a coconut technical expert, as a basis of your decisions. Did you make the decision based on his word? Did Arancon make his decision based on scientific documents proving heavy infestation in these 12 towns of Batangas? Did he inform you of his decision?


If the SCM data had any weight on your decision, you would have realized that there is no more threat of massive infestation and that the deadly chemical was no longer needed as far back as July. Who is making all the decisions? You, Arancon, the two of you together? Are you aware of these critical decisions below you that affect the entire national economy and 25 million marginals dependent on the coconut industry, in case the multi-billion global market disappears when buyers learn we inject into the heart of our coconuts a toxic chemical banned in the EU and parts of the US?


If it has now been proven that there is no longer any threat or urgency, and it was proven that the chemical used is so deadly, as to have irreversible effects on river and lake systems, especially if applied to a staggering 1.2 million trees (minimum), and it was proven that organics and parasitoids are the better options, why do you insist on the chemical option? In fact, human intervention is not so critical now.


Is it because you have given out contracts for the chemical injections, which are irreversible, and the chemicals have to be used, otherwise the contractors cannot renew their contracts? I understand the campaign to inject the chemical has been stalled not on the logic of environmental or economic harm, but because contractors have not given liquidation reports, a prerequisite in giving them more chemicals to use.


Are they unable to give liquidation reports because they failed to use the chemicals because farmers have been rejecting it left and right? Is there a danger they will dump this somewhere and get ghost farmers to sign documents? Are you now trying to continue chemical injection only to UNLOAD the chemicals in the contractors’ hands and DECONGEST the oversupply of unused chemicals into these 12 towns Batangas on the pretext of heavy infestation, otherwise contractors and their agents, whoever they are in government, universities, or corporations, lose millions in income?


I issued an article last week saying that, according to reliable inside sources, PCA will stop using chemicals. Many people gave reactions of relief. Vin Lava of PCM said my claim was not true. Was my article wrong then in presuming PCA has stopped using chemicals? Here is that previous article, which you and PCA received – http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/08/coco-chem-use


Please enlighten the public and give us the true picture.


I hope you are able to answer these questions before I put out an article. Without a reply from you, I will simply say these questions have remained unanswered as of press time.


Thank you for your attention. I am looking forward to your earliest reply.




Bernie V. Lopez
eastwind journals11 Sep 2014 05:26 pm


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By Bernie Lopez
Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification.
Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author’s alone.


Author’s Note.
This article was sourced from interviews of planters, millers, workers, plus sugar industry and SRA documents. The SRA head Gina Martin was abroad and not available for interview at the time I was in Negros.


A new Sugar Bill coming up for final Senate reading is being questioned by sugar industry stakeholders. The bill’s goal is to protect planters, millers, and 600,000 workers, and strengthen the sugar industry against negative effects of the AFTA zero tariff on sugar imports to be implemented in 2015. Thailand, from which we import sugar, may dump excess sugar here and bring down local prices to the detriment of our Sugar Industry. Protestors say the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is trying to get a free ride, inserting provisions to expand its regulatory powers, which is detrimental to the industry. So how can the bill fulfill its goal to strengthen the industry?


The bill was authored by SRA and passed on to Congressman Jolly Benitez for docketing. SRA has an unholy alliance with the heads of big planter-miller federations, and key big time traders. Let us call them the ‘Sugar Consortium’ or just ‘Consortium’. The bill was crafted by the Consortium.


One major issue in the bill is – who will manage the P800 million or so fund coming from VAT collections? SRA is drooling over the fund, but stakeholders want to have a transparent and multi-sectoral board to manage the fund to insure its proper use for everyone’s benefit, not the SRA and the Consortium. They say the VAT fund in the hands of SRA will service only itself and the Consortium, finance the projects of favored partners, which were in the past detrimental to planters-millers-workers. Protestors succeeded in having provisions in the bill favoring SRA removed, but some planters and millers say there are still many toxic provisions left.


Another major issue is the expansion of SRA regulatory powers which have strangled free market forces. SRA’s random and confiscatory allocations of sugar exports are considered arbitrary, and without basis. Some planters-millers are even for the total abolition of exports. SRA refuses to provide any reliable surveys on domestic consumption. Inaccurate manipulated estimates of the local market are used as an excuse to allocate exports. If we are exporting to the US just to respect an agreement, they say they are doing the same. Mexico dumps its excess sugar to the US. Many say the US no longer really needs our sugar. Perhaps it is about time we bilaterally abolish the US quota, or make it optional.


The mounting protests from all sectors, from planters-millers-workers, other government agencies, and lawmakers are not without reason. The notoriety of the SRA is well known. It has reversed allocated sugar exports for Alpha (US market) and Delta (global market), back to Beta (domestic market) many times, as in crop years covering 2011 to 2014 without giving the ‘differential’ back to the planters and millers. The price of export sugar averaged P750 per 59-kilo bag, while that of domestic market averaged P1,550, yielding a differential of a juicy P700 to P850 per bag. SRA quietly reversed the lowered priced export sugar, converted it to higher-priced domestic sugar, and the ‘differential’ vanished into thin air. Protestors were asking if SRA divided the pie with their trader partners in the Consortium. In crop year 2013-14, they did it again, but this time, realizing that more producers became aware of their shenanigans, the Consortium decided to give back a little, P400 of the P700 differential. Protests were ignored and explanations only raised more questions.


Another ambition of the SRA through the Sugar Bill is to take over the authority over all commodities sourced from cane, such as ethanol (under the DOE), and alcohol (under the DTI). SRA is also eyeing a say over VAT exemptions (under the BIR-BOC). They want to take over the BOC function of giving VAT-free certifications to traders. All these point to ‘regulatory capture’, not protection of the industry. Planters-millers say all these give SRA the power to manipulate and control funds or receive remuneration for favors. It seems that the Sugar Bill is promoting SRA’s regulatory adventures.


Realizing this SRA notoriety, letters and position papers were given to senators asking for the change of the words “SugarCane Industry” to “Sugar Industry”, so as not to imply in any way that the regulations over ethanol and alcohol are being captured by SRA. Protestors in fact want all mention of ‘bio–ethanol’, ‘alcohol’, ‘downstream’, ‘diversification’ stricken off the bill, which imply regulatory coverage for SRA.


While SRA and the Consortium managed to mislead many in both Houses, some senators noted the inconsistencies in SRA’s position. In reaction, the Consortium sent feelers that these senators were simply ‘delaying’ the promulgation of the bill. One senator proposed a safety clause that, as long as the law does not curtail free market competition, and does not unduly expand SRS regulatory powers, there is no problem. SRA refused to accept this provision for no valid reason, revealing its malicious motive in the Sugar Bill.


It is bad enough that the government fails to support the sugar industry. But it goes beyond that. THEY MILK THE INDUSTRY FOR THEMSELVES IN AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE WITH A CONSORTIUM. This is why we can never compete with Thailand which is a sugar exporter, whose government gives a sugar subsidy. In our case, it is the reverse, our sugar industry gives a ‘subsidy’ to the Consortium. When will we ever have a government for the people, not against the people? Greed is always the core issue in governance. Bernie Lopez eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com PLEASE SEND YOUR REACTIONS.
eastwind journals23 Aug 2014 12:26 am

Islamic State monster a U.S. creation / Ex-general – what if Bangsamoro Revolts?

The I.S. ‘Apocalyptic Vision’
Ex-General – What if Bangsamoro Revolts?
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By Bernie Lopez
Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification.
Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author’s alone.




the lesson is karma
every action, good or bad, triggers a reaction
hate begets hate, love begets love
an eye for an eye triggers ten eyes for an eye
anti-terrorism is a form of terrorism
the extremists on both sides are the culprits
pentagon generals and jihadists
because there are too many wounds unhealed
only the next generations who have no wounds
are the hope for peace – the grave nurtures a flower
they celebrated when bin laden was assassinated
it was not a victory, but the beginning of the end
the greatest danger today is that
I.S. elements are Arab Americans and Muslim Europeans
who will go back to their homelands to sow terror
the enemy is now within
it is no longer just an exported war
they are in the coffee shops we go to
nsa will strangle americans
to find and take out the enemy within
The accumulation of US intrusions in the Middle East in the last two decades has ultimately created a monster called Islamic State (I.S.) The many drones which killed civilians randomly, the illegal tortures at Guantanamo, ultimately catalyzed an international movement beyond anyone’s imagination. The hate-America Arab mindset has gathered momentum. Indeed, Al Queda evolved into a bigger richer better stronger Islamic State in spite of the US trillion-dollar anti-terrorism drive through the decade. In fact, it is ironically the anti-terrorism drive which is now triggering more terrorism.


The Syrian revolution offered the golden opportunity. Today, within three short years, 12,000 Sunnis from 50 countries, including the US, have gathered in Syria to give birth to the Islamic State. Right now, it is achieving massive recruitments of Sunnis in I.S. occupied Sunni enclaves in Iraq and in Syria, in preparation for a final assault on both Baghdad and Damascus.


Now the US is in panic over the very monster of its own creation, a well-armed wealthy sophisticated vicious cross-border I.S. army, whose ranks may double in just one month. The US knows its airstrikes in Northern Iraq, although effective short-term, are futile band-aid solutions. The US is helpless to contain the I.S. because sending troops is out of the question, and airstrikes in Syria may have complications. The US fears that undercover American I.S. members in Syria-Iraq will return to the US to dare the NSA in new creative terrorist initiatives. The Philippines is not exempt. There are reports Filipino Muslims were trained by I.S. in Syria recently. In desperation, the US has to find radical creative solutions, and may have to shake hands with its enemy Assad. It now has a big dilemma.

The Islamic State’s ‘APOCALYPTIC VISION’

It is important to know the spiritual and psychological evolution of the Islamic State warrior, how it has evolved through the years. Many cannot comprehend how they would behead so casually, massacre entire villages, tell people ‘convert to Islam or die’, such inhuman and vicious actions. Most of the founders of IS have witnessed their families and communities massacred by Americans.

The Western media has labeled the I.S. mindset as an ‘apocalyptic vision’. There is now talk of ‘the third and final jihad’ and the rise of the ‘anti-Christ’. This perverted vision of total vengeance was formed as early as before the Iranian Revolution, an accumulation of protracted violence against the Arabs, or among themselves. The I.S. especially drools over the beheading of Americans, announcing these in the global internet for the world to see.

A second factor in the I.S. growth is the Shiite massacre of Sunnis when they dominated the Iraqi government, in retaliation to Sunni massacres of Shiites during Saddam’s regime. Lately, the bombing of a Sunni mosque left 43 dead. It is a vicious circle of vengeance among Sunnis and Shiites. I.S. has catalyzed an intensified expanded Sunni-Shiite confrontation. It is possible that in the long term, World War III may begin in the Middle East if the I.S. takes over Iraq and Syria and stages a new war versus Iran, the hub of the Shiites. eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

Sources –


A retired general asks, “What if Bangsamoro Revolts?”

A retired general asks – what assurance does the BBL give that unscrupulous elements in the Bangsamoro autonomous government will not use their budget to fund a rebel army, if relations with the government deteriorate later on? There are reports that Filipino Muslims were trained by the I.S. in Syria. Is there a possibility of an alliance of these extremists and ex-rebel elements?

A Philippine Star report says “Both parties recognized the importance of having the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law passed on time?” In time for what? Not all angles may be seen right away by fast-tracking. What is the hurry? The ex-general asks – what if?



I will pour out My Spirit upon all mankind
and work wonders in the heavens and on earth
there will be blood and fire and columns of smoke
the sun will be turned into darkness, the moon into blood
at My coming, on that great and terrible day
all who call on My name shall be saved
in Mount Zion, there will be remnants
in Jerusalem survivors of My choosing

Joel 3:1-5
we are at the brink of a war
which may usher a greater world war
a war which may be an act of God
against a sinful world
a war that will make rivers
turn red with blood
there are only two ways
to avert a God-given war
first, return to the Lord
second, pray for peace and for each other
let us therefore spread this prayer
across the entire planet
o Lord, you are the Wind
i am the sail
bring me ashore
o Lord, you are the ocean
i am the island
embrace and surround me
fallen is babylon the great (iraq?)
for all nations (industrialized countries?)
have drunk the wine (oil?) of her licentious passion
the kings of the earth who had intercourse with her
merchants of the earth (oil firms?) who grew rich from her luxury
will all weep and mourn over her
for in a single hour (nuclear holocaust?)
the markets for their cargoes will vanish
their great wealth in utter ruin


revelation 18:2-7 excerpts



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