Ambassador Manuel Teehankee
World Trade Organizationn (WTO)
Dear Ambassador Teehankee,
We are the stakeholders from agriculture, fisheries and labor sectors now here in Geneva monitoring the ongoing informal meeting of the Heads of Delegation. We are alarmed by your apparent adherence to the emerging text in NAMA and agriculture that we believe are completely harmful to the development interests of poor farmers, fishers and workers.
We fear that you have laid down your guard to defend our national interest. The absence of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and Chief Negotiator Secretary Peter Favila further aggravated the uphill battle in this critical period.
We are extremely alarmed that the modalities that will emerge in this period of negotiations are contrary to the stakeholders’ stated positions. Considering that Congress has the power to regulate commerce, we will request the House of Representatives and the Senate to conduct an investigation regarding the conduct of our trade mission during these negotiations.
Please uphold the interest of Filipino farmers, workers, manufacturers and industries.
National Rice Farmers Council
GEOGIE SAN DIEGO
United Broilers Raisers Association
Tambuyog Development Centre
Alliance of Progressive Labor
Rice Watch and Action Network