UPDATED (a/o 2:25pm): Nasa 3 patay, 40+ sugatan na magasaka sa barikada sa North Cotabato, ang pinagbabaril ng PNP! #BigasHindiBala
Makabayan senatorial bet Rep. Neri Colmenares condemned in the strongest terms the shooting of farmers in Kidapawan City who are only demanding food, relief and land from the government.
Many have been hurt, this is like the Mendiola and Luisita massacres all over again. Sasabihin nila they are pro-farmers at tutulungan nila ang mga magsasaka, pero sa halip na bigyan ng bigas at pagkain ay pinagbabaril.
Anong klaseng gobyerno ito? Sinasagot ang kalamidad ng mas madugong kalamidad. Salot!
STATEMENT ON THE KIDAPAWAN CARNAGE
Blood is written all over the Aquino-Cojuangco hands
First there was the Mendiola massacre, then Hacienda Luisita, then the Mamasapano and now the Kidapawan carnage.
Blood – blood of enraged and hungered people – are soaked in the hands of the landlord class personified by the Aquino-Cojuangco clique of the ruling elite.
All these barbaric attacks and needless sacrifices would not have happened if the government and the people running it have responded to the clamor for change when 30 years ago the Filipino people put an end to a dictatorship.
It all the more becomes more tragic and despicable that the same bloodline that benefited from the ESDA 1986 revolt have soiled their hands with the blood and tears of the Filipino people that allowed them into power.
President Benigno Aquino III cannot escape blame and responsibility to the bloody assault against the hungry farmers demanding for food after a prolonged dry spell.
A hungry people demanding food do not deserve to be shot.
We call on the Aquino government to immediately order all those involved in the shooting to be disarmed, investigated and dealt with the full might and extent of the law.
Now is the time for the Commission on Human Rights to condemn this barbaric act.
An unarmed, defenseless throng of people asking for food poses no danger. In fact they are in danger.
Why, oh why should government resort to this state violence?
What is happening to our country?
Why meet with state violence the clamor for change – a change of the way things and the affairs of the state is run by the government.
We cannot blame the people to be angry with their government.
This government has been impervious to the suffering of the people.
Those who are responsible – and the blame should reach all the way to the top – must be made to pay for the blood spilled in this country and the innocent lives lost.
There will be time for reckoning.
LEONCIO EVASCO JR
National Campaign Manager
Duterte for President
One rallyist was killed while over 30 people were wounded as violence marred the dispersal of protesting farmers along Kidapawan Highway on Friday, a report on “Balitanghali” has said.
The report said among those injured were three farmers and 30 policemen.
Close to 6,000 farmers from the hinterland towns in Cotabato had been occupying a portion of the national highway since Wednesday calling for government assistance amid the effects of the El Niño phenomenon to their livelihood.
The report said the police gave the farmers until Friday morning to disperse, but leaders of the protesters held ground and pressed for a second round of negotiation with North Cotabato Governor Emylou Mendoza.
This prompted the police to move in, triggering a confrontation with the farmers, who threw rocks at the advancing policemen.
Gunshots were heard when a policeman was ganged up by the protesters, according to GMA News stringer Williamor Magbanua.
The fatality reportedly suffered a gunshot wound in the neck.
The rallyists, reportedly members of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, began their march earlier this week from their base at the Spottswood Methodist Center along Quezon Boulevard in Kidapawan City.
The human chain prevented vehicles plying the Davao to Cotabato route from passing through the highway.
All exits and entrance routes along the boundary were blocked by the protesters. —KBK, GMA News