Ni MARVIN LOBOS Nagtanim kami Ng lakas-ng-loob Ng baka-sakali Sa burak Na napaglubugan na halos Ng kaliwa naming paa. Doon Hindi mo na makikilala Ang aming pawis Libag Luha Dugo Pagkat pinag-isang dibdib na mga iyon Ng aming lunggati Sa dalisay na tubig at putik Upang malayang magniig At magbunga ng mga palay ng pag-ibig.…
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – The father of a farmer killed during the April 1 dispersal in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato filed criminal charges against a military witness. Ebao Sulang, whose 22-year-old son Darwin was one of the two killed, charged Charlie Pasco with perjury before the Department of Justice (DoJ), Aug. 2.…
The Artists for Kidapawan said that in the first 100 days, the next president should stop Lumad killings, bring justice to the victims of the Kidapawan carnage and provide meaningful support for farmers affected by El Nino.
The farmers filed charges of murder, frustrated and attempted murder, torture and physical injuries, illegal arrest and detention and other violations of civil and political rights, including the right to peaceful assembly and redress of grievances.
“Kidapawan should not be another Escalante, Mendiola or Luisita.”
There is enough supply of rice and there are funds that can be used to help the farmers.
“This is just farmers demanding rice. What would happen if they would assert emancipation from poverty that has long beset their lives?”
“He is from the 39th Infantry Battalion and a rebel returnee. He had received money from the government. That poses a question to his statement. It bears no weight to the case. It is a paid testimony.”
Contrary to popular belief that the Kidapawan massacre is one of the logical results of the ecological crisis, the farmers and Lumad could have been spared had their livelihoods and labors been less vulnerable to feudal exploitation.
All 76 detained Cotabato farmers have been released April 16.
Contrary to medico-legal reports, both farmers died from single, fatal gunshot wound, according to forensic expert Raquel Fortun.