The following are the documented extrajudicial killings of peasant activists from July 2016 to Sept. 2017, as recorded by human rights group Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights (Karapatan): 1. Hermi Alegre, Davao July 15, 2016 2. Remar Mayantao, Bukidnon July 16, 2016 3. Rogen Suminao, Bukidnon July 16, 2016 4. Senon Nacaytuna,…
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By DEE AYROSO
Farmers are fast losing hope after President Duterte reneged on his promise to return the coco levy fund to small coconut farmers and there have been moves inside the Department of Agrarian Reform to reverse the administrative and department orders, favoring farmers, which were issued by former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano.
“We cannot allow this reign of impunity to continue. We demand justice and an end to the killing spree.
“We will demand justice.”
“Even as a wake is still being held for the farmers killed in Fort Magsaysay, another one was shot dead in Isabela.”
“The presence of the military’s ‘peace and development teams’ in the community bolstered the culture of impunity and even emboldened the perpetrators who killed the farmer-couple.”