Soft calamity loans for Kidapawan hungry famers PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:39

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

One Patriotic Coalition of Maginalized Nationals (1-Pacman) partylist is requesting the national government to assist the Kidapawan hungry farmers composed mostly of marginalized indigenous peoples who were victims of brutality while airing their grievances in a peaceful rally where they were forcefully dispersed by some policemen.

1-Pacman said that the government should assist those hungry marginalized farmers with at least a 50,000 soft loan, interest free or with a small interest for farmers to buy food and other necessities while the El Nino phenomenon prevents them from tilling their dry lands to produce food.

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1-Pacman partylist also condemns the massacre of marginalized farmers who demonstrated peacefully asking for rice to feed their hungry children because of the El Nino drought that made them helpless to produce food from their farms. The partylist is also requesting the government for justice to the hungry marginalized indigenous peoples who are law abiding farmers but neglected by the government in terms of agricultural support to maintain their life sustaining farms at the start of the dry spell.

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The alleged involvement of the the New People’s Army (NPA) during the peaceful mass action as alleged by some policemen is unbelievable. The real situation was “hungry farmers demonstrated to request food for their families and children,” but instead of government support they were met by a bloody dispersal that injured scores of marginalized IP farmers,” 1-Pacman said.

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The perpetrators should be brought to justice to regain the trust of the poor marginalized farmers who were victims of injustice. This call for justice for the poor farmers who gave their lives seeking for food to eat are also being aired by many concerned groups including the religious sector in the country. Many concerned groups not only 1-Pacman, believe that there was negligence by some concerned government agencies in the plight of the poor farmers to save them from hunger and starvation.

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1-Pacman is reiterating that government should assist the demonstrating Kidapawan farmers with soft loans of at least P50,000 per family or a minimum of P30,000 per family to help sustain their families, while they cannot utilize their dry farms due to the drought.

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Scoop: Indeed, Table Talk is joining hands with 1-Pacman partylist in requesting the national government for justice to the poor marginalized farmers who are mostly Indigenous peoples of Central Mindanao. Those who have a hand in the brutal attack of poor and hungry farmers demonstrating peacefully to ask for food from the government, must be brought to justice and punished for slaying hungry farmers. Nobody shall be deprived of food by the government.