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“Before, we could work in our farms without fear. Life is difficult but we could still eat at least three times a day. We peacefully sleep at night. My children could still go to school. But everything changed when the soldiers arrived.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – They traveled 176 kilometers from…

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com Main Story: Peasants all over the country march for land, rights, social justice CAGAYAN DE ORO, Misamis Oriental — Peasant groups in Northern Mindanao Region said the march of peasants here was a success with the overwhelming support of more than 10,000 farmers and sympathizers from other participating sectors.…

After decades of what they described as “agrarian reform programs designed to fail,” Filipino peasants continue to suffer from landlessness and worsening poverty.

Sidebar: Lakbayan in Northern Mindanao Region a success – peasants’ groups

For the farmers, peasants and indigenous peoples of Southern Mindanao, the past several years had been a period of great danger and violence as big mining companies encroach into ancestral and agricultural land, using the military to drive them away. Many peasant and Lumad leaders who opposed these projects have ended up dead and tortured.

Since 2000, Alejandro Abaño could not go back to his farm in barangay Cabatianuhan, Alangalang, Leyte. In the first week of February that year, Abaño, together with some agricultural workers, was weeding the coconut land of his father when armed men pretending to be policemen came to their hut accusing them of being rebels. The armed men were allegedly hired by former Court of Appeals Justice Vicente “Cheng” Veloso, who claimed that he owned the land.