• Aquino unaware of Kidapawan killings

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd finally broke his silence on the violent dispersal of protesting farmers in Kidapawan City, admitting that he was unaware of the events that transpired on April 1.

    In his speech during an administration campaign rally in Makati City Friday night, Aquino said he was not immediately informed about the tragedy. He said he learned of the incident in the afternoon of April 1.

    Aquino was in Cavite for the turnover of a newly-built school building and a Liberal Party campaign rally.

    “Pauwi kami pabalik ng Maynila, nabanggit ni DILG Secretary Mel Sarmiento na kinabukasan tutungo siya sa Kidapawan at ako naman po’y nagtanong: anong gagawin mo sa Kidapawan? [We were on our way back to Manila, DILG Secretary Mel Sarmieno mentioned that he is going to Kidapawan and I asked: what will you do in Kidapawan?],” Aquino said.

    “Sa totoo lang po, doon ko lang narinig sa unang pagkakataon na mayroon palang nangharang ng highway sa Kidapawan at nagkaroon ng isang violent dispersal [In truth, that was the first time I heard that some people have blocked the highway in Kidapawan and that a violent dispersal occurred],” he added.

    The President explained that he wanted to resolve the issues surrounding the Kidapawan incident and immediately sought a meeting with concerned officials on the weekend immediately following April 1.

    However, that meeting was pushed back to Monday, April 4, since officials were not yet ready to give their briefing.

    Three farmers were killed during the clashes and about 200 people were injured.

    The protesters, mostly farmers, demanded relief and subsidy for communities that are suffering the brunt of a persisting dry spell in North Cotabato.

    Responding to the clamor to address the plight of farmers in drought-hit provinces, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released some P1.2 billion in aid almost a week after the Kidapawan incident.

    In a statement, the DSWD field office in Region XII said that it has released food packs, hygiene kits, and funds to implement the cash-for-work program under the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM) and quick response funds of the department, amounting to P1.2 billion.

    The DSWD noted that aid package was not only released to the local government units (LGU) in some parts of Mindanao, but also to the LGUs in Metro Manila, Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI, XII, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao that have been affected by the El Nino phenomenon.

    In the case of North Cotabato, the DSWD said its field office Regional Director Bai ZorahaydaTaha has met with Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza and Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista “to identify areas of collaboration.”

    Taha, Mendoza, and Evangelista agreed to extend food assistance to 150,000 families in the province by releasing 15,000 bags of rice from the National Food Authority.
    Each family will receive five kilos of rice for the month of April, according to the department.

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    1. The rally started March 30, 2016 and the killings happened April 1, 2016. Prior to this Gov. Mendoza have several letters to the President asking for more funds to accommodate the needs of the farmers as El-Nino worsen, it is unbelievable that the President is unaware of this, and he only realizes that there were already killings happening. Again this is a poor reaction of our government which ended Filipinos dying, this is same like SAF 44 mamasapano incident were the government acted late during the mission got compromised that ended 44 troopers dead. This is not what the people wanted, people needs fast action in times of incidents and not wait for another time to decide on what to do. The leader should be decisive and act immediately on situations like this, but our leaders acted slow and moreover harshly. Shame on the Phil. Government

    2. No sense of responsibility dapat inaalam niya ang mga pangyayari kaagad noong April 1 instead of April 4 Kung talagang inisip Nya ang kapakanan ng mga tao nagugutom naghintay pa ng 3 araw nakapaghihintay ba ang hapdi ng sikmura

    3. Josemakabayan on

      Sana sinabi na lang ni pangulo BS Aquino na alam na nya umpisa pa lang ang kaganapan sa Kidapapawan at agad agad ay pinatawag ang mga opisyal na sangkot sa kaganapan para magpaliwanag at pinaimbistigahan na nya ang pangyayari.
      Ngayon alam na ng buong bayan at buong mundo na clueless sya sa mga kaganapan sa kanyang nasasakupan at hindi tutoo na sya ay 24/7, 365 araw na pangulo ng bansa.

    4. Wow! The Chief Executive of a country does not know what is happening inside his country and learns it only from a subordinate who obviously knows more. So he is not on top of everything happening! Something is definitely wrong with his intelligence dept. What kind of a president do we have? Oooops, I know I should not have asked.

    5. Look at this idiot president, look at this…can you guys believe that? Can you believe this president’s inaction and unawareness, grabeeeeeeee! Tatanga-tanga! O sinungaling! Siya lang ang tanging tao na walang alam during that time, na may nangyayari sa Kidapwan. Of all people sa Pinas, siya lang ang isolated ang pag-iisip, manang-mana sa ina, asusssss!
      Yan ba ang dapat ituloy na daan? Ano kayo suwerte o sinusuwerte?

      • Chris Asuncion on

        We have a certified Eunuch as a president. The world knew the violent Kidapawa dispersal.. but our president was only learning about it? Unbelievable! Bulshit. Grabe.

    6. Tulad din yan sa SAF 44. Lumang tugtugin na yan. Style Bulok! Marami ng pangyayari sa atin mga mangingisda sa Scarborough Shoal pero wala kang marinig sa kanya. Very poor Leadership! No sense of Responsibility!