Listen to a poem of the late peasant advocate Randall Echanis performed by Ian Lomongo.
Under the Duterte administration, 66 farmers and activists have already been gunned down.
What we are witnessing is a war against civilians since Duterte assumed the presidency. He started with the thousands of poor drug suspects, using anti-drugs campaign as a veil. Now, authorities are mouthing anti-criminality and counterinsurgency for going after civilians.
“The deployment of more state security forces in the province and in the whole Negros Island would not lead to the so-called peace and order. They are there primarily to protect the interests of big landlords who still lord over the Island.”
“The gravity of the land problem continues to compel farmers to organize themselves and struggle for social justice.”