Aquino mum amid Kidapawan outrage

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SYMPATHY RALLY Members of militant groups hold a lightning rally in front of camp crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police, to seek justice for the victims of the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan city. PHoto By Mike DE Juan

SYMPATHY RALLY Members of militant groups hold a lightning rally in front of camp crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police, to seek justice for the victims of the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan city. PHoto By Mike DE Juan

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd kept mum as public condemnation grew over the violent on dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City Friday.

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A palace official called for sobriety as criticisms were heaped on the Aquino Administration over the incident that left three farmers dead.

Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd urged the public not to “rush into judgment” pending the investigation of the Kidapawan incident.

“There is no reason why a tragedy must be compounded by hotheaded statements or rushing to judgment. It will not help anyone,” Quezon said in a radio interview.

“Lives have been lost and we owe it to ourselves as a society and to the farmers themselves and people in the affected areas to find out what exactly happened and why it did lead to this,” he added.

Asked if the President will issue a statement on the incident, Quezon said the Chief Executive will likely speak only after he gets the investigation findings.

“What he has never done is rush to judgment and to speak imprudently, particularly in an instance when lives are lost. I do believe the president will refrain from making any statements until he has fully studied the matter and is given and is satisfied with all the answers that he has received as a result of demanding an impartial and thorough investigation,” he added.

The Palace official said the President has always been firm on the need to exercise maximum tolerance to maintain discipline among the ranks of the police.

“He is mindful that there can be provocations made precisely because of that if there is a need to think smart and act accordingly. He has never been one to back down from demanding and insisting and requiring a thorough, impartial investigation and let the chips fall where they may as a result of that,” Quezon said.

Quezon said there will be an “impartial and thorough investigation.”
“ There is no reason why people must die in order to be asking for assistance from their own government,” he added.

Statements of condemnation continued to pour Saturday, with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) blaming the Aquino Administration for the tragedy.

“What happened in Kidapawan underlines the Administration’s insensitivity and lack of compassion. The carnage is a result of government’s failure to seriously address poverty and hunger… but what is more revealing is that the bloody events that happened years ago in Mendiola, Hacienda Luisita and now Kidapawan highlight how prominent landowners in government treat farmers and farmworkers,” UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan said.

“Malacanang remains in denial over the crisis that beset our farmers in Mindanao. They failed to address the reality the poor farmers of Mindanao are facing on a daily basis. Tanging calamity assistance lamang ang hinihingi nila sa gitna ng ilang buwang tagtuyot at kawalan ng makain—pero bala ang isinagot ng gobyerno [Calamity assistance is all that they ask for, to cope with months of drought and lack of food—but the government has responded with bullets],” he noted.

Ilagan said that it is ironic that thousands of sacks of rice rot inside warehouses every year, but the government cannot spare 15,000 sacks of rice to farmers and lumads (indigenous peoples) seeking food assistance.

“Ang isang lider na bala ang isanasagot sa kumakalam na sikmura ng ating mga kababayan ay walang karapatang mamuno. Dapat walang politika sa kumakalam na sikmura [A leader who responds to the hunger of our people with bullets has no right to rule. Politics should not intrude into responding to the hunger (of our citizens)],” he added.

Lesson
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos said the incident could have been avoided had the government acted more decisively in solving the problems of drought-hit farmers.

“The tragedy should serve as a big lesson to the government to give priority to the agricultural sector,” he said. “The government has a big responsibility. Instead of helping them (farmers) you are hurting them. That’s a big mistake.”

“They are not asking for money. They are asking for food so they would survive but instead they were given bullets,” the senator said.
“The government should think of ways to help our farmers. We should give them the help to make them productive. It is our duty to provide them with good lives.”

Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also on Saturday vowed to send humanitarian aid to thousands of farmers in Kidapawan City.

In a statement, Duterte said that helping the hungry farmers “is part of the city government of Davao’s social commitment.”

“I was willing to go there, not for anything else, but to ask if I can help on the humanitarian side of the problem — that is to give the farmers food assistance,” he said.

He said he will ask the Davao City Council to allow him to use the city’s calamity fund to send food aid to the affected farmers.

“We will assist them just to help them tide over the crisis,” Duterte added.

Duterte’s supporters are pooling resources to raise 15,000 sacks of rice for North Cotabato farmers.

Peter Laviña, the mayor’s spokesman, said supporters have responded after volunteer members of the Duterte Media Group started a donation drive for the farmers, who are suffering from the effects of El Niño.

“They need our help now that the government is not responding, and even playing deaf and blind to their sorry situation after shooting at them,” Laviña said.

Liberal Party (LP) Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo called for the suspension of police officials as well as tthe policemen who opened fire on the farmers.

“It would be better if the top police officials of the province, especially those who spearheaded the dispersal, should be relieved of their posts so they cannot influence the investigation,” Robredo said.

She and LP presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd called for a thorough investigation of the bloody dispersal of farmers, stressing that those involved in the death of farmers must be held accountable.

“Why did it have to happen? Why the killings? Why the shootout? These should not have happened. We already have a lot of our fellow Filipinos in dire straits because of the drought,” Robredo said.

“We call on the authorities to come up with an immediate solution because while the perpetrators of the crime go unpunished, the farmers’ sorrow will linger. The national government should intervene and provide the necessary assistance to the farmers and their families who have lost their livelihood due to the drought in the province,” she added.

Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao condoled with the families of the victims of the Kidapawan violence.

Pacquiao, who is fighting Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas next Sunday, described the bloody encounter as highly unnecessary and called for swift dispensation of justice and fair probe.

“Lubos akong nakikiramay sa pamilya ng biktima. Hindi na sana tayo umabot sa ganitong sitwasyon kung naihatid man lamang ng gobyerno ang tulong at serbisyong hinihingi ng ating mga magsasaka na apektado ang ikinabubuhay dahil sa lumalalang tagtuyot dulot ng El Nino (I deeply extend my condolences with the families of the victims. It could not have reached that point had the government provided the aid that the farmers needed as a result of the El Niño),” Pacquiao, who is running for the Senate, said.

WITH JAIME PILAPIL

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  1. Neil Noel Labastida on

    Mga kababayan dahan dahan lang tayo sa sisihan. Hindi ko kinakampihan ang Aquino administration pero hindi kaya may kinalaman dito ang PDAF o yong pork barrel fund? kaya hindi madisburse yong fund para sa relief dahilan sa nag iingat sila sa mangyayaring corruption? o baka naman meron ng corruption? Kung ganon kasalanan ito ng local gov..

  2. What happened in Kidapawan was very poorly handled by the government officials especially the local government and the governor. The farmers came down to ask for assistance not to fight and lose lives! An open dialogue should have been conducted! The palace stated that there are sacks of rice for calamity like this but yet the governor was nowhere to be found and had the nerve to issue a statement that the farmers did not know that the aid was already on their way. I think she thinks that we are all stupid! I believe her and everyone else in power who could have prevented this barbaric act should be relieved of their posts. These government officials forgot that the people who asked for their help are their constituents! We need to show that the there is still fairness and justice in the Philippines land!

    • We need to show that the there is still fairness and justice in the Philippines land!
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      The smart people already know that there is no fairness and justice in the Philippines, it’s the slow people that need to learn. The government uses the media to lie and rewrite events and never take responsibility for anything they do or don’t do. They continue to steal and funnel the majority of the budget to themselves and the richest 1%. Justice in the Philippines is a fantasy, just a dream.

      Wake up

  3. juan delacruz on

    Saan na ang daang matuwad ito ba ang matuwad na daan.Binabaril ang mga farmers na ang hinihingi bigas ngunit bala ang ibinigay.

  4. At least, with a sack of rice,a farmer’s poverty is already cured.But Aquino”s poverty in mind is beyond cure.

  5. Nagiisip pa ho nang palusot yun mga spin doctor nya. Baka idemand nya mag apoligize si Bongbong para dito kasi di magugutom yun mga farmers kung di nag declare ng Martial Law yun ama ni BBM. Atayin nyo sa next Edsa Anniv yun film clip nito kasama na sa mga pangyayari nuong Martial Law tulad ng Mendiola Massacre. Hehe Ang mga Haciendero nga nman mahal na mahal tayong mga mahirap.

  6. Don’t expect any semblance of pity from this annoy-led gov’t. they are used to these kinds of massacres–hacienda luisita, Mendiola, mamasapano, manila hostage in luneta…these people hates the peasants, the farmers and the fishermen..they only deal with the with their arms blazing and firing away…. it’s good that election time is jet around the corner so that normal thinking people (and I mean sane people) would not again chose these berdugos to rule our country…. on second thought… since these policemen displayed enduring bravery in shooting these unarmed people… they should have been sent to mamasapano instead of the 44 safe heroes and let’s see how they perform against hardened killers of milf and abu sayaf…..

    • The peasants voted for him out of sympathy. They deserve the consequences of their stupidity.

  7. EDI SISIHIN ULIT NI ADOLF HITLER PNOY ANG MGA MARCOSES SILA DAW ANG ME KASALANAN SA BAYAN.

    ANG MGA MARCOSES ULIT ANG SISIHIN NILA DAHIL ANG MGA MARCOSES ANG ME KASALANAN SA BAYAN DAHIL SA PAGPAPATAYO NG BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT NA MALINIS, AT WALANG EPEKTO SA CLIMATE CHANGE.

    ANG MGA MARCOSES ULIT ANG SISIHIN NI ADOLF HITLER PNOY DAHIL ANG MGA MARCOSES ANG NAGPATAYO LAST YEAR NG 18 COAL FIRED POWER PLANT AT NGAYON TAON 25 ULIT ANG ITATAYO. ANG SABI NG EXPERTS ITO AY NAGRESULTA NG 1,000 DEATHS PER DAY.

    SISIHIN ULIT NI ADOLF HITLER PNOY ANG MGA MARCOSES DAHIL SILA ANG NAGBIGAY NG TAX PERK SA MGA OLIGARCHS NA ME ARI NG COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS UMAABOT NG PHP 200 BILYON. MY GOODNESS ENOUGH NA PERA PARA SA PHIL HEALTH NG MGA TAO, ENOLUGHNA PERA PARA SA SSS INCREASE PENSIONS AT PNP/AFP RETIREES PENSIONS.

    IBOTO NINYO ANG MGA LIBERAL PARTY/NAZI PARTY SI MAR, SI LENI, SI PORKY DRILON, TG GUINGONA, DE LIMA, PANGILINAN, VILLANUEVA, HONTIVEROS.

    NAKAKAHIYA KAYO MGA WALANG MODO AT CONSCIENCE ANG KAKAPLAL NG MUKHA NINYO

  8. William t dungo on

    President Aquino 3 to many poor and starving Pilipino outside Malacanang Palace where you live go out see and meet them. Go to barrios all over the Philippines Luzon visayas and Mindanao and see the deal agricultural farm land spoiled and dried due to El Niño Filipino are starving and hungry. Wake up and open your eyes for there might be revolution before you leave because filipinos are starving and you lack sensitivity to our needs. Thank you

  9. William t dungo on

    Gloria Arroyo the former president of the Philippines had been blamed by Benigno Aquino 3, during Aquino 1st SONA that Arroyo had ordered and imported to much rice and it just get rotten in the warehouse. With this he blames Ex president Arroyo of wasting government money. Arroyo’s reason is that she does not want her countryman get hungry and starve so she order millions of reserve rice. So Aquino came and blaming Arroyo that rice is getting rotten inside the warehouse and government money will just be wasted.
    But today on Aquino’s government million Filipino are starving “nagugutom” because of El Niño for farmer and people are for and no work.
    Ano na Ito abnoy Walsh Lang Puzo as mga mani rap at nagugutom gusto pang mapanis at na spoil and bigas ni
    Inimport bilyong bilyong piso at many lol lamang sa wherehouse wake up abnoy presidente bago magkarebolusyon sa kamay mo thanks

  10. Edong Mapangarap on

    We have to understand that HIS BRAINS ALWAYS ARRIVES LATE! Your job Mr.Quezon is to make sure that we wont notice it. This government by-line is “they are being infiltrated by Communist” – does this SOUND FAMILIAR TO US during Martial Law?, and HIM still parroting the same ML in his speech yesterday? The PNP has awarded medals to the police involved – 3 days after the event! and the Governor was photo-opting with her komiks hero just 2 hours away? and THE NERVES blaming everybody except her? THE FARMERS ARE FORCED TO BE REVOLUTIONARIES BECAUSE OF HUNGER! Is that hard to understand Mr. President ? Whats with YOU and FARMERS?

  11. Josemakabayan on

    Salamat mayor na inako mo na yon ay social responsibility nyo ang pagbibigay tulong sa mga magsasaka sa inyong lugar pero sana noon pa!!!! Ng wala na sanang nagbuwis ng buhay!!!!! Sayang!!! Huli na ang lahat, mga tulong nyo mga pulitiko ngayon is just “in aid of getting elected..”

  12. Lives have been lost and we owe it to ourselves as a society and to the farmers themselves and people in the affected areas to find out what exactly happened and why it did lead to this

    there will be an “impartial and thorough investigation
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    They said the same thing about the SAF 44 massacre and then the (government officials) did not cooperate in the investigation.

  13. Keeping mum for so many hours just indicate that he may have been on drugs for the last 72 hours or he was just dazed not knowing what to do similar to his so many long hours of silence after the Mamasapano Carnage. This just indicate that a lot of Filipinos were duped having selected an incompetent child.

    What could have been a rally which candidates could have used to boost their political stock just turned bloody because of incompetence to see the opportunity in a situation where leadership can be tested. While millions are spend on useless ads, those millions could have been used to buy 15,000 sacks of rice and seedlings which could have come a long way to earn empathy and votes. But then, stupidity and myopic vision seemed to have ruled the psychotic minds that not even a lowly official of the DFAR or DAR went to the actual rally site just to hear those rallyist even if it was for show. Now, the price of inaction will bear on the mama’s boy and ultimately point on beneegno.

    Just as the leftists threw the grenade at Plaza Miranda to create a public perception of blame on Marcos, they may have also been the ones who started the provocation to elicit a harsh police response to create the blame on beneegno. But that could not have happened if only beneegno sent his boys just as they were converging to just give what those rallyists want if only to earn pogi points this election.

  14. Tanamo, Aquino at Quezon! Mga hunghang! Kapag may pasinayam, at inauguration ang gagaling ninyo kapag may gulo nagtatago kayo sa mga palda ng mga nanay ninyo…bti na lang at mga patay na ang mga magulang ninyo…mga makakapal ang mukha!

  15. jeff jaramillo on

    Pnoy is used to see killings in Hacienda Luisita. What happened in Mindanao normal to him. Or rather, maybe less than normal.

  16. Atty Robredo, you have so many questions. Why can’t you ask your President and partymates? I guess you’re the only sane official in your group. Break up with them so you have a chance to win the VP.

  17. THE POOR, LITTLE FILIPINO FARMERS ARE OPPRESSED, ABUSED AND ALWAYS THE RECIPIENT OF GOVERNMENT ABUSES-INCOMPETENCE – TO FAVOR THE ELITISTS HACENDEROS AND FEUDALISTIC LANDOWNERS WHO ARE DEEPLY EMBEDDED IN GOV’T’L CONTROLS AND CRAFTING OF LAWS -deeply entrenched and rooted at the Palace of patronage, Senate, House of Representatives, LGU’s…