Flon Faurillo /
October is supposed
to be a month of jubilation for those who till the land, as on its third
week falls World Peasant Day. The Filipino peasants, however, have no
cause for celebration. For centuries they have been burdened by
landlessness. Exacerbating their problems at present are political
killings, of which many of the victims are from their ranks; corruption in
government that has manifested itself in the Fertilizer Funds Scam, among
other cases; and government-orchestrated moves to revise the Constitution
in order to further entrench the policies of land-use conversion, crop
conversion and import liberalization imposed by the World Trade
Organization (WTO). A plethora of problems that gives no cause for joy.
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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