Bar­baric, bru­tal

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

THE mas­sacre of the nine farm­ers, in­clud­ing four women and two mi­nors, at Ha­cienda Nene in Barangay Bu­lanon, Sa­gay City Satur­day night is plain bar­baric and bru­tal.

On Satur­day morn­ing, some farm­ers who be­longed to the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Sugar Work­ers oc­cu­pied the farm al­legedly owned by Car­men To­lentino.

Later, some uniden­ti­fied armed men pep­pered with bul­lets the vic­tims’ makeshift shel­ter, killing the nine farm­ers in­stantly.

The vic­tims were al­ready rest­ing at their im­pro­vised shel­ter when they at­tacked. Help­less.

Three of them were al­legedly burned by the as­sailants.

Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr., who im­me­di­ately went to Sa­gay City Po­lice Sta­tion Sun­day to check on the progress of the case, has or­dered the po­lice­men to thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent.

The gover­nor, who strongly con­demned the at­tack, said P500,000 re­ward will be of­fered to any­body in ex­change for in­for­ma­tion that will lead to the ar­rest of the per­pe­tra­tors of the mas­sacre.

The re­ward money will come from Sa­gay City Mayor Al­fredo Marañon III, the gover­nor’s son, while the re­main­ing P250,000 will be given by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

The po­lice should con­duct a deeper probe on the bru­tal killing of the help­less farm­ers.

NFSW also con­demned the killing of its mem­bers.

The group stressed that set­ting up land cul­ti­va­tion ar­eas is to ward off the in­evitable hunger brought by the “tiempo muerto,” or dead sea­son in the sugar in­dus­try, on prop­er­ties cov­ered by agrar­ian re­form but re­main undis­tributed and idle. Farm­ers plant veg­eta­bles, ba­nana, corn and root crops on th­ese ar­eas to feed their fam­i­lies.

“It is morally right and just for the sugar work­ers and peas­ants in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal to un­der­take their Land Cul­ti­va­tion Ar­eas es­pe­cially with a regime that has no land re­form pro­gram to of­fer. In­stead it red baits those who as­sert their rights to the land,” NFSW said.

We joined the call for jus­tice for the slain farm­ers.*

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