ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 805 ON THE FEB. 19 – EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF FARMER IN DISPUTE WITH CFCST-USM IN ARAKAN, NORTH COTABATO

House Resolution No. 805 on the Feb. 19 - Extra-judicial Killing of Farmer in Dispute with CFCST-USM in Arakan, North CotabatoHouse Resolution No. 805 on the Feb. 19 - Extra-judicial Killing of Farmer in Dispute with CFCST-USM in Arakan, North Cotabato

Republic of the Philippines

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Quezon City

 

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS

First Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 805

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES

ARIEL B. CASILAO

CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,

ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO

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RESOLUTION

DIRECTING THE COMMITTEES ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND AGRARIAN REFORM TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE FEBRUARY 19, 2017 – EXTRA – JUDICIAL KILLING OF WILLERME AGORDE, AUDITOR AND LEADER OF MAILUMINADO FARMERS ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED (MAFAI), WHO PROTESTED FOR THEIR RIGHTFUL CLAIM OF LAND AGAINST THE COTABATO FOUNDATION COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (CFCST) – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO IN ARAKAN TOWN, NORTH COTABATO

WHEREAS, on February 19, 2017, at 6pm, Willerme Agorde, 64 years old, auditor and leader of Mailumindao Farmers Association, Incorporated (MAFAI) was killed by unidentified men riding in a motorcycle while sitting in front of his house in Barangay Ilustre, President Roxas town, North Cotabato;

 

WHEREAS, the victim was rushed by his family to the Antipas Medical Hospital, North Cotabato but was declared dead at around 10pm;

 

WHEREAS, on a news article by Bombo Radyo, according to Cotabato Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Emmanuel Peralta, Agorde was sitting in front of his house when two unidentified men shot him at a close range using a .45 caliber pistol and then stabbed the victim in different parts of his body; afterwards, the suspects run off aboard a motorcycle towards a secluded area of the said town;

 

WHEREAS, Agorde was one of the active leaders of MAFAI who have been asserting their rightful claim of land since 1950s against the Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST) which the institution continued to neglect and violate them;

 

WHEREAS, MAFAI who are composed of 2,108 farmer families from 5 villages of Arakan, are cultivating 4,124 of the remaining 5,091-hectares of USM educational reserve;

 

WHEREAS, the MAFAI stated that their forefathers were already cultivating the land even before the issuance Presidential Proclamation No. 428 on July 24, 1957 by former President Carlos, declaring 7,200-hectares of land in then Kidapawan municipality, Cotabato as for educational reserve of Mindanao Institute of Technology (MIT), which is now University of Southern Mindanao (USM);

 

WHEREAS, last December 5 to 18, 2016, around 3,000 farmers under MAFAI  from Barangay Malibutan, Ilustre, Makalangot, Naje and Doruluman were supported by various organizations, staged a two-week camp-out inside the CFCST campus in Arakan, North Cotabato to demand the disputed land;

 

WHEREAS, MAFAI claimed that the perpetrators were members of Bagani, a paramilitary group in the province;

 

WHEREAS, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) issued a statement last December 16, 2016 that unused portion of agricultural lands that was previously covered by USM reservation will be awarded to actual tillers and occupants;

 

WHEREAS, in June last year, Agorde attended a national conference in Quezon City dubbed as Protecting Farmers’ Land Tenure and Ownership, with more than 130 farmer-beneficiaries that urged President Duterte to act on the agrarian reform agenda and on an article on Philippine Daily Inquirer, he was quoted saying, “We hope that the land will be granted to these farmers and communities because they have long waited for it.”

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committees on Human Rights and Agrarian Reform, on the February 19, 2017 – extra-Judicial killing of Willerme Agorde, an active leader of Mailuminado Farmers Association Incorporated (MAFAI), who protested for their rightful claim of land against the Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST) – University of Southern Mindanao in Arakan town, North Cotabato.

 

Adopted,

Victim of Extra-judicial Killing in Dispute with CFCST-USM in Arakan, North Cotabato, Willerme Agorde. Photo by Karapatan - SMR.

Victim of Extra-judicial Killing in Dispute with CFCST-USM in Arakan, North Cotabato, Willerme Agorde. Photo by Karapatan – SMR.

 

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