Still no response to demand, say farmer rallyists

The barricade of the farmer protesters in North Cotabato remained unfazed as no one faced to negotiate with them to answer their demands.

The rallyists now extended their barricade from the Makilala-Kidapawan highway to the Makilala-Tulunan-Tacurong City, and thus paralyzing travels.

In a phone patch with 105.9 Balita FM, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Southern Mindanao Pedro Arnado said no authorities have yet talked to them aside from the policemen who continuously drove them home.

On Wednesday, 5,000 Lumad farmers who were victims of El Nino from the different parts of North Cotabato blocked the way to Kidapawan City to pressure the provincial government through North Cotabato Governor Lala Mendoza to release 15,000 sacks of rice.

“Wala pa may tubag pero nagatuo kami nga karong adlawa, muatubang si Governor Lala Mendoza uban sa mga department nga iyahang gidala pero dili pa tino namo ni nga pahayag kay nagaprocess pa ang mga update,” said Arnado.

(We received no response yet but we are hopeful that Governor Lala Mendoza along with other concerned departments to talk to us. We can’t still say enough because we are still waiting for updates.)

“Nagalaum pud kami sa suporta sa provincial government samtang wala pay ulan ug harvest ug ang pagpataas sa produkto sa mga mag-uuma sama sa presyo sa goma, humay ug mga gulayon,” he added.

(We also hope for the support of the provincial government while there is no rain yet and harvest and to increase the value of our yield of the farmers such as the price of the rubber, rice and vegetables)

The farmers also call for the provincial government to investigate the alleged provision of North Cotabato Representative Nancy Catamco with firearms to two baranggays in Magpet, Kidapawan to frighten the indigenous people who protect their ancestral lands.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Still no response to demand, say farmer rallyists, March 31, 2016

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