Farmers have been reaping debts but they get no sufficient aid from the Duterte administration.
“Duterte can easily surpass the gruesome record of previous administrations in terms of peasant killings and massacres.”
KMP is seeking urgent donations and support to aid farmers in need of immediate relief — rice, food, relief packs, hygiene kits, drinking water, clothes, sleeping kits, and medicines. A more long-term rehabilitation effort is also needed and farmers and fisherfolk will need seeds and seedlings, farm tools, farm animals, bancas and fishing equipment, and production subsidies.
“Only rabid hacienderos, land grabbers, and militarist peace spoilers desire his death.”
“It is martial law without martial law, but worse: it is legalized butchery, targeting peasants and workers whose attempts to seek redress for their systemic exploitation have been criminalized.”
“This is harassment, plain and simple. We have no violations. The police also can’t justify why they are refusing to release our volunteers. We are in a crisis situation. Now is not the time to prosecute activists and cause-oriented groups who are engaged in humanitarian and relief efforts.”
KMP decried the charges as fabricated, adding that Torralba has been a peasant leader since 1985.
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