Anakpawis solon urges support to farmers opposing Duterte’s tyrannical persona, fighting for land rights

Anakpawis Rep. Ka Ayik Casilao and Pamalakaya-Pilipinas Chair and former Anakpawis Rep. Ka Pando Hicap with more than 2,000 #LakbayParaoma farmers in Naga City, Camarines Sur. Photos by Bayan-Bicol, Amihan Sorsosgon, Bayan-Camarines Sur.Anakpawis Rep. Ka Ayik Casilao and Pamalakaya-Pilipinas Chair and former Anakpawis Rep. Ka Pando Hicap with more than 2,000 #LakbayParaoma farmers in Naga City, Camarines Sur. Photos by Bayan-Bicol, Amihan Sorsogon, Bayan-Camarines Sur.

After 412-km journey, Lakbay Magsasaka arrives in Manila
Anakpawis solon urges support to farmers opposing Duterte’s tyrannical persona, fighting for land rights

Manila, Philippines – After threading more than 412-kilometer for more than a day, more than 2,000 farmers from the Bicol and Southern Tagalog regional chapters of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), joining the the protest caravan “Lakbay Magsasaka” have reached Manila to hold President Rodrigo Duterte primarily responsible for the continued extra-judicial killings against peasants in the country. Farmer-victims of extra-judicial killings as of September reached to 91, according to Karapatan human rights group.

“Farmers in the country continue to be killed as reprisal for their struggle for their rights to land, this systematic barbarism is on the tab of President Duterte and we hold him morally liable,” Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao said during the arrival at the camp-out in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform office in Quezon City.

Casilao joined the the Bicol contingent or dubbed as “Lakbay Paraoma” since Saturday in Naga City, Camarines Sur and it commenced travel to Manila early morning yesterday. He was with former Anakpawis representative and Pamalakaya-Pilipinas national chairperson Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap.

Last night, the Bicol contingent were blocked by elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) along the national road in Pagbilao town, Quezon province. They were able to pass through around 10pm. They reached the University of the Philippines – Los Baños campus past midnight where they took rest and resumed travel early morning. Activists based in the National Capital Region (NCR) welcomed them at Baclaran church compound, Parañaque City, before proceeding towards the DAR office.

“The farmers have been screaming ‘Stop Killing Farmers’ since last year, and we urge the public to join their call, comparable to how the people broadly participated during the September 21-anti-tyranny rally in Luneta,” Casilao said.

The lawmaker said that even prior to Duterte’s sham war on drugs, farmers have been slaughtered by the fascist forces of past administrations. Karapatan earlier publicized their summary documentation of extra-judicial killings against farmers under the Duterte administration and its predecessors. The Macapagal-Arroyo regime for her 9 year-rule (January 20, 2011 – June 30, 2010) killed 603 farmers and Aquino’s term with 270 for his 6-year term (June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016). Duterte’s rule caused the average killings of farmer per month at 6, surpassing Arroyo’s 5 and Aquino’s 4.

Casilao urged the cause-oriented groups and civil society organizations to join the peasant-led Coalition for Land Against Martial law and Oppression or Clamor. It included as convenors, former agrarian reform secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines leader Sr. Elenita Belardo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Jr and National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) Secretary-General Reuel Marigza.

At present, farmers camping outside the DAR office who welcomed the Southern Luzon farmers, are from Bukidnon Free Farmers Association and Laborers Organization (BUFFALO), Tried Agricultural Movers Association of Rural Active Workers (TAMARAW), and the Landless Tillers Inhabitants of Musuan (LIMUS), collectively known as BTL from Bukidnon and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries One Movement (ARB One) from the Davao region. BTL farmers have been cultivating about 500-hectares controlled by Central Mindano University as educational reserve while members of ARB One include those former ARBs and farm-workers in plantation lands controlled by Lapanday and Tagum Development Corporation (TADECO) in Davao Del Norte.

About 10,000 farmers and activists are expected to join the culminating protest at Mendiola bridge in Manila on October 25, to push for a stop to killings of farmers and enactment of a genuine agrarian reform program in the country. Casilao and lawmakers under the Makabayan bloc are pushing for the enactment of House Bill No. 555 – Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) in congress, that provisions free distribution of lands to poor farmers across the country.

“The farmers across the country is demanding free distribution of land, but they are given bombs, they cried for rice, but are felled with bullets, screamed for justice, but meted out with extra-judicial killings, this is on Duterte’s bloodied hands, and he should be held liable,” Casilao ended. ###

List of names of killed farmers from July 2016 to September 2017 as documented by Karapatan human rights group
1. Hermi Alegre, Davao, 15-July-2016
2. Remar Mayantao, Bukidnon, 16-July-2016
3. Rogen Suminao, Bukidnon, 16-July-2016
4. Senon Nacaytuna, Bukidnon, 16-July-2016
5. Makenet Gayoran, Bukidnon, 30-July-2016
6. Jerry “Dandan” Layola, Agusan del Sur, 12-August-2016
7. Jimmy Barosa, Agusan del Sur, 12-August-2016
8. Jessybel Sanchez, Davao del Norte, 14-August-2016
9. Elmer Del Rosario, Misamis Occidental, 19-August-2016
10. Gaudencio Bagalay, Nueva Ecija, 03-September-2016
11. Emerenciana “Baby” Dela Rosa, Nueva Ecija, 03-September-2016
12. Violeta De Leon, Nueva Ecija, 03-September-2016
13. Eligio Barbado, Nueva Ecija, 03-September-2016
14. Ariel Diaz, Isabela, 07-September-2016
15. Totong Gascon, Cotabato, 13-September-2016
16. Rita Gascon, Cotabato, 13-September-2016
17. Jimmy Saypan, Compostela Valley, 10-October-2016
18. Joselito “Anoy” Pasaporte , Compostela Valley, 13-October-2016
19. Jimmy Sotto, Pampanga, 24-December-2016
20. Venie Diamante, South Cotabato, 05-January-2017
21. Alexander Ceballos, Negros Occidental, 20-January-2017
22. Veronico Delamente, Surigao del Norte, 20-January-2017
23. Wencislao Pacquiao, Negros Occidental , 25-January-2017
24. Renato Anglao, Bukidnon, 03-February-2017
25. Matanem Pocuan, Bukidnon, 04-February-2017
26. Emelito Rotimas, Compostela Valley, 06-February-2017
27. Pipito Tiambong, Agusan del Norte, 11-February-2017
28. Jerson Bito, Agusan del Norte, 11-February-2017
29. Orlando Eslana, Capiz, 11-February-2017
30. Edweno “Edwin” Catog, Compostela Valley, 16-February-2017
31. Roel Rico Satingasin, Davao, 16-February-2017
32. Ariel Gelbero, Davao City, 16-February-2017
33. Willerme Agorde, North Cotabato, 19-February-2017
34. Ian Borres, Capiz, 24-February-2017
35. Lorendo Borres, Capiz, 24-February-2017
36. Gilbert Bancat, Quezon, 25-February-2017
37. Leonila Pesadilla, Compostela Valley, 02-March-2017
38. Ramon Pesadilla, Compostela Valley, 02-March-2017
39. Billamin Hassan, Basilan, 08-March-2017
40. Nurrudin Muhlis, Basilan, 08-March-2017
41. Pedro Pandagay, Compostela Valley, 23-March-2017
42. Arman Almonicar, Compostela Valley, 27-March-2017
43. Arlene Almonicar, Compostela Valley, 27-March-2017
44. Cora Lina, Compostela Valley, 27-March-2017
45. Renel Miraballes, Camarines Sur, 30-March-2017
46. Danilo Nadal, Compostela Valley, 02-April-2017
47. Elias Pureza, Davao del Norte, 06-April-2017
48. Bernardo Ripdos, Compostela Valley, 08-April-2017
49. Constancio Petalco, Bohol, 11-April-2017
50. Crisanta Petalco, Bohol, 11-April-2017
51. Rodolfo Tagalog Jr., Masbate, 15-April-2017
52. Jerry Cuyos, Masbate, 15-April-2017
53. Josel Rosales, Masbate, 15-April-2017
54. Lolita Pepito, Masbate, 20-April-2017
55. Rechely Luna, Masbate, 20-April-2017
56. Reden Luna, Masbate , 20-April-2017
57. Federico Plaza, Compostela Valley, 03-May-2017
58. Rodolfo Dagahuya Jr., Davao, 09-May-2017
59. Idris Rascal, Lanao del Sur, 23-May-2017
60. Jalal Rascal, Lanao del Sur, 23-May-2017
61. Abdullah Mamansag, North Cotabato, 25-May-2017
62. Daniol Lasib, Davao del Sur, 26-May-2017
63. Ana Marie Aumada, Davao Oriental, 27-May-2017
64. Jessie Cabeza, Compostela Valley , 31-May-2017
65. Lito Casalla, Batangas , 03-June-2017
66. Jaynudin Amiludin, Maguindanao , 08-June-2017
67. Joseph Baning, Camarines Norte, 01-July-2017
68. Ande Latuan, Bukidnon, 06-July-2017
69. Meliton Catampungan, Surigao del Norte, 10-July-2017
70. Remond Lino, Compostela Valley, 12-July-2017
71. Carolina Arado, Compostela Valley, 13-July-2017
72. Silvestre Maratas, Surigao del Sur, 16-July-2017
73. Mario Castro, Nueva Ecija, 20-July-2017
74. Catalina Castro, Nueva Ecija, 20-July-2017
75. Alberto “Leboy” Tecson, Negros Oriental, 24-July-2017
76. Arnel Borres, Sorsogon, 28-July-2017
77. Dick Laura, Sorsogon , 28-July-2017
78. Eddie Alyawan, Compostela Valley, 12-August-2017
79. Roger “Titing” Timboco, Compostela Valley, 23-August-2017
80. Crisologo “Celso” Alambra, Pangasinan, 25-August-2017
81. Marcelo “Mar” Perico, Pangasinan, 25-August-2017
82. Arthuro Galvez, Pangasinan, 25-August-2017
83. Thelma Albanio, Pangasinan, 25-August-2017
84. Lomer Gerodias, Compostela Valley, 27-August-2017
85. Rogelio Mendoza, Isabela, 28-August-2017
86. Rolito Mendoza, Isabela , 28-August-2017
87. Jezreel Arrabis, Davao del Sur, 02-September-2017
88. Dalia Arrabis, Davao del Sur, 02-September-2017
89. Obello Bay-ao, Davao Del Norte, 05-September-2017
90. Luardo Yac, Negros Oriental, 07-September-2017
91. Reneboy Magayano, Compostela Valley, 28-September-2017