The peasantry may have found an ally in the President, but they know where lies their true strength in struggle.
Farm workers cooperatives of Lapanday and their supporters are here in Manila and have set up a farmers’ camp in Mendiola. They want President Duterte to intercede in their land case and direct the Lorenzo family to return the lands to the agrarian reform beneficiaries.
“That is the reason why we cut the bananas, but if they [guards] will still enter even when there are no more bananas, then they are after the land.”
“This incident is glaring proof of a company’s greed and fascism being tolerated by the government for so long.”