Agricultural workers and farmers remain in endless wait as agrarian reform takes a backseat under the Marcos Jr. administration.
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Danilo Ramos of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said that the prevailing hunger and poverty among Filipino farmers are the “direct result of centuries-old landlessness.”
Over the past five years, at least two people from rural communities have been killed weekly in the struggles against land grabs, based on estimates by the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP). More than eight are arrested and detained weekly, and more than two are harassed or assaulted.
“As a prosecutor who claimed to have worked as a lawyer of the DAR, she should have known or she should ought to know that an agrarian dispute exists in our case and therefore should have referred the matter to the DAR as repeatedly moved to by our lawyers.”
The plight of Hacienda Tinang farmers brought to mind how land reform and due support continue to evade Filipino farmers.
“The threat of additional schemes also remains as Noel Villanueva and his minions desperately cling onto the Tinang farmers’ land. We remain vigilant.”
“For 27 years, we have been deprived of our right to till the land. Why is it that we are the ones being treated as criminals here?”
“Planting food and supporting farmers are no mischief, and the right to assembly is guaranteed by the highest law in the land.”