Bayan Muna Rep.Carlos Isagani Zarate today said that the current brouhaha affecting rice importation is nothing new and should be looked into under a different paradigm.  "The primary objective of the National Food Authority (NFA) should be to help Filipino farmers and ensure rice self-sufficiency in the country.

Bayan Muna party list members today held a picket protest in front of Meralco, after the distribution company announced another round of power rate hike.Members of the group carried placards saying 1.Nationalize the power sector! 2.No to power rate hike! 3. Meralco GANID! 4.Junk EPIRA!Meanwhile, Bayan Muna Rep.Carlos Isagani Zarate blamed the Department of Energy (DOE) for allowing simultaneous shutdowns of power plants, thus, placing the Luzon grid on a Yellow Power Alert today and yesterday.

Bayan Muna Rep.Carlos Isagani Zarate, vice chair of the House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity said that "we welcome the opening of the 4th Round of GRP-NDFP Peace talks with resolve to push even more the parties to focus on crafting a comprehensive agreement on socio-economic and political reforms that will address the country's nearly five-decade old communist-led armed rebellion.“That yesterday's formal opening was preceded by terror-tagging and name-calling from the militarist elements of the administration only bolster the need to expand the peace constituency to thwart ef

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today expressed the party-list’s group support for free land distribution to peasants, who have remained landless after more than 50 years of bogus land reform programs of the different regimes.“About two decades ago data from the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) say that 7 out of 10 farmers do not own the land they till, but after the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reform (CARPER) instead of improving the situation of farmers further deteriorated.