Farmers in Eastern
Visayas cry for land and justice in 23rd anniversary of Mendiola
TACLOBAN CITY – How
many Presidents will be seated before the 13 farmers who died at Mendiola get true justice? This is the big question of peasants sector
in Eastern Visayas in commemorating the 23rd Anniversary of Mendiola
Massacre on January 22, 2010.
“Land for the Farmers!
This is the long time aspiration of the peasant since the Spanish,
American and Japanese colonialism and even today, fake freedom for
land, justice and oppression is represented and implemented by no
other than our own government and the big reason why the farmers has
nothing land to till” express Jose Tico, Spokesperson, SAGUPA-SB.
In commemorating the
23rd Mendiola Massacre Anniversary, the government proves that they
are not serious in solving the real problem of Filipino farmers and
its development and progress. The peasant sector is hungry for a long
time for land and seeks for the implementation of genuine agrarian
reform especially in distributing the land to farmers for free.
landgrabbing was rampant and at present, fighting for land and justice
has taken away 561 farmers lives which is perpetrated by armed forces
of the Arroyo regime” added Tico.
One big example in
region-8 was the case in
Leyte Saba Basin
area in which the DAR-8 has given the task to distribute the 90,000
hectares of land but instead was given to rich and influential
landlord like Atty. Ching Veloso.
If we can remember,
the march-rally conducted by the farmers in Mendiola last 1987 was
initiated because of land reform negligence of the past Marcos
dictatorship and until now the Lakbayan for land and justice that
started in the far south of Mindanao and North of Luzon is a
courageous act for the Arroyo regime to pay.