Farm­ers’ protest con­tin­ues at Bukid­non capi­tol grounds

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For al­most a week now, some 400 farm­ers of the Buf­falo Ta­ma­raw Limus (BTL) are still stay­ing at the provin­cial capi­tol grounds of Bukid­non wait­ing for Gover­nor Jose Ma. Zu­biri to act on their de­mand to dis­trib­ute to the farm­ers the 517 hectares of land they have been till­ing for three decades now.

Win­nie Loable, BTL chair­per­son said they have no plan to leave the capi­tol grounds un­less they see and hear a re­sponse of their long-over­due re­quest.

Loable said the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan of Bukid­non has al­ready passed a res­o­lu­tion ad­dressed to Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and the Congress.

“Pero hu­la­tan namo kung unsa man ang

ac­tion ilang mahimo, dili mi mo­lakaw diri hang­tod dili namo makab-ot ang among gi­pan­gayo (We won’t leave un­til they give us what we want),” Loable said.

Loable said Zu­biri has promised them that it will dis­trib­ute cer­tifi­cates of land own­er­ship award (CLOA) but up un­til now, farm­ers are still with­out a land.

The “kam­puhan” in Bukid­non is also meant to call on the au­thor­i­ties to pull out the mil­i­tary in their com­mu­ni­ties, stop the red-tag­ging and ha­rass­ment among the farm­ers.

“Kin­ing maong Kam­puhan usa ka makatarunganon ug lehiti­mong pakig­bisog. Hagit usab kini sa tanang katawhang kabus ug din­aug­daug nga musukol tali­wala sa Mar­tial Law. Wala kita’y lain padul­ngan kundili ang dalan sa mas mil­i­tan­teng pag­sukol aron ias­dang ang atoang demokratikong in­teres ug katun­god alang sa yuta ug kinabuhi (This Kam­puhan is a le­git­i­mate ac­tiv­ity to fight. This is a chal­lenge for the poor and op­pressed to join the call to stop mar­tial law. There is no other way but to go to the streets and fight for our land and the right to live),” Loable said. PJ Orias

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