Hundreds of militant farmers, peasants and sugar workers trooped to the Vinther monument at the Bacolod City Public Plaza to commemorate the 28th year of Mendiola Massacre and call of the farmers for land, food and rights. Militant leaders took turns to speak during the rally calling for the government to address the problems of the farmers who have remained landless and have been struggling for rights and wages.
The San Sebastian Cathedral with a short message from Pope Francis.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
The 28th year of commemorating the Mendiola Massacre.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Team Buhay and Team Patay Tarp remains as Supreme Court says it is the right of the Church and a form of freedom of expression.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Rallyists converged from a short picket in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform Office and marched to the Bacolod City Public Plaza. Various farmers groups under Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas joined yesterday’s protest action.
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) says that the present Aquino regime has failed the masses and gone to extending the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program which has failed throughout the years, instead it has assured landlords to get hold of lands that are supposed to be distributed to the people who have been tilling the lands since then. KMP also made mention of the failure of the present administration to address the demands of the farmers and peasants, but instead being harassed by members of the military to give way to multi-national interests in the country leaving the farmers deprived of land, food and jobs.