Farmers, progressive groups protest against landlessness, Duterte’s tyrannical regime

FARMERS and multisectoral groups under Bagong Alyansang Makabayan marched from Gate 2 of University of Santo Tomas to Mendiola, Manila to push for a genuine agrarian land reform and to demand an end to President Rodrigo Duterte’s tyrannical and murderous regime.

“Duterte has done nothing to heed the legitimate and democratic demands of Filipinos, especially for the long clamor for a genuine agrarian land reform,” said Jose Mari Callueng, national president of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.

On June 10, the country’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, the longest-running land reform program in the world, will mark its 30th year.
“Land reform programs in the country only benefits oligarchs and capitalists. Majority of Filipino farmers remain landless while land monopoly is dominant and where millions of hectares of land are owned only by the ruling few,” Callueng said.

Just recently, a Higaonon Lumad farmer was shot dead in Sitio Tagbakon, Brgy. Culit, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. Jose Unahan is an active member of Unyon sa mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte and is actively involved in his tribe’s fight in protecting their ancestral domain against large-scale mining and other extractive industries.

“Unahan is the 126th documented peasant victim of political killing under Duterte’s tyrannical regime. Farmers suffer heavily from the regime’s Oplan Kapayapaan, a militaristic rule in the countryside which has resulted in a spree of rights abuses and state-sponsored killings,” said Callueng.

Under martial law rule in Mindanao, Duterte along with his minions in the military incessantly harass and kill farmers. Farmers’ killings are heavily linked to their struggle against capitalists and foreign corporations — people Duterte favors the most.

In Mindanao, martial law has made it easier for the military to harass farmers. Farmers’ killings are also linked to their struggles against big mining corporations, especially in resource-rich ancestral lands of the Lumad in Mindanao

In Lupang Ramos, Dasmarinas Cavite, farmers belonging to Katipunan ng Lehitimong Magsasaka at Mamamayan ng Lupang Ramos is under attack as land grabbers and real estate agents posting as tenants are violently attempting to drive away farmers from the 150-hectare land which KASAMA-LR members have been tilling for over a year as part of their land occupation and cultivation campaign.

“Millions of farmers across the country are collectively organizing themselves to fight the oppressive feudal system in the country which has kept them on the brink of death for hundreds of years.”

Members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. now collectively till and enjoy the agricultural production of the 7-hectare share of banana farm in Davao del Norte. Photo from Davao Today

In Tagum City, Davao del Norte, members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. are now enjoying the fruits of their collective farming efforts a year after they installed themselves as rightful landowners.

According to Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, the 145-hectare San Isidro farm area inside the former Hijo Plantation operated by the Lapanday Foods Corporation in Tagum City, Cesar Paloma and 10 other beneficiaries collectively till their 7 hectare-share of the banana farm.

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines calls on publications across the country to cover the plight of the basic sectors and to expose the grime, filth and fascist attacks of the Duterte regime. We also call on the youth to support the plight and struggle of farmers and to mobilize alongside them to uphold their democratic rights and demands.

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