Indigenous Peoples

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE VIOLENT DISPERSAL OF PROTESTING FARMERS IN KIDAPAWAN CITY NORTH COTABATO

Posted on 2016/04/21

BULACAN STATE UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF LAW
FRATERNAL ORDER OF HEUREKA
AND SORORAL ORDER OF CANDELA

April 06, 2016

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE VIOLENT DISPERSAL OF PROTESTING FARMERS IN KIDAPAWAN CITY NORTH COTABATO

We, the Brothers and Sisters of the Fraternal Order of Heureka and the Sororal Order of Candela, express condolences and sympathy for the farmers of Kidapawan, and hereby condemn and denounce in the strongest sense the violent dispersal of our demonstrating farmers last April 01, 2016 in the City of Kidapawan North Cotabato.

On that date, Filipino farmers gathered and assembled peacefully to air their just plea to our government for aid, not only because they are experiencing hunger due to the foreseen El Niño phenomenon but also because of an imminent threat of deprivation of livelihood and income. It is an irony, that those who produce food for our country are the ones who are experiencing hunger. Thus, forcing them to go to the streets of Mindanao to exercise their Constitutional guaranteed right to freedom of expression and the right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.

It is ironic, notwithstanding their just demands for food and agricultural support, the Government through the Philippine National Police hailed them bullets which resulted to the death of 3 Farmers, injuries of many and arrest of not more than 50 of them.

It is our belief that the PNP and the local government of North Cotabato under the leadership of Gov. Emilly Talino-Mendoza exerted more than the allowed counter measures against the demonstrating farmers in breaking their barricade. The use of force especially the discharge of firearms by the government forces is not, will not and cannot be justified in that situation, the law enforcers should have resorted to other non fatal means of dispersing a peaceful assembly.

We call for Justice! Justice for the farmers! Justice for all who justly demand for their rights in Kidapawan City! We demand for the conduct of a transparent and independent investigation regarding the Kidapawan Massacre, and the assurance that this will not be another case of unresolved killing. Fiat justitia ruat caelum.

This 6th day of April 2016, Malolos City, Bulacan.


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Office Address: 1F MSU College of Law Bldg.,
MSU Main Campus, Marawi City 9700 Philippines
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Email: mindanaosulac@gmail.com
Mobile No.: (+63) 907 336 7762

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