In This Week on People’s History, Bulatlat remembers the gruesome massacre of 13 protesting farmers on Jan. 22, 1987. The killed farmers were among the more than 20,000 who marched to the historic bridge of Mendiola, a stone’s throw away from Malacanang, to press for a genuine agrarian reform program.
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“Ang pagsasaka ay marangal na gawain, hindi po ito terorismo. Hindi po kami terorista.”
“We cannot allow Duterte to have his way and continue the massacre of farmers through political killings and burdensome economic policies.”
“All of us are hopeful that the Duterte administration will reopen the case.”
“Twenty nine years ago, genuine land reform was the demand of Filipino farmers. Today, nine out of ten farmers do not own the land they till.” – KMP chairperson Rafael Mariano
“Comrades, have the massacres, killings and land grabbing stopped?” peasant leader Rafael Mariano asked. The crowd gave a resounding no.
By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Peasants and their supporters marched anew to Mendiola last Thursday to commemorate the 28th year of the Mendiola Massacre (Jan. 22, 1987). Again they cried for justice, primarily for the 13 farmer-marchers killed by lethal volleys from state troops and police. Among them were…
Anakpawis Partylist continues to push for the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill in the landlord-dominated Congress.
“The Filipino peasantry has had enough of Aquino’s blatant disregard for the peoples demand for justice and genuine land reform.” – Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas
Twenty seven years ago on January 22, 1987, 10,000-15,000 marching farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita and land reform advocates were met with bullets as they bravely wagered for land, labor, and life. This fatal encounter, now known as the Mendiola Massacre, between farmworkers and the state is a scandalous event that instantly killed 13 protesters, the same event that made a premature break with the new regime’s professed democratic restoration after the dark years of Martial Law.