February 14 | Rise for Rice! Junk Rice Liberalization! protest at Mendiola bridge

“We call for a national undertaking to decisively protect and preserve our local rice industry by demanding the repeal of the Rice Liberalization Law.  This is not an exclusive concern of Filipino rice farmers, but of the whole population, as rice is our staple food.  Scrapping the law is crucial to salvage the country’s food self-sufficiency and circumvent the threat of total rice import-dependence,” – Cathy Estavillo, Amihan secretary-general and Bantay Bigas spokesperson

Photos by Kel Malazarte and Mara Manuel.

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