Don’t trust Duterte, warns peasant group


PRESIDENTIAL candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should not be trusted at all since he could change his stand on any issue in just one day, the leftist farmers’ organization KilusangMagbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) warned on Monday after Duterte immediately changed his position on land reform.

According to Antonio Flores, KMP secretary-general, the mayor–an independent presidential candidate in the 2016 elections–during a forum entitled “Peasant Challenge 2016 and Beyond” held at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City vowed to carry out genuine land reform purportedly to uplift the lives of poor farmers, peasants and farm workers.

Duterte even severely criticized total failure of the government agrarian reform centrepiece, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The CARP started during the term of then-President Corazon Aquino, mother of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) admitted last year that there are over 50,000 beneficiaries of CARP who have not received land from the government.

Duterte’s strong position received wide applause from activists and farmers who were present at the forum.

In less than 12 hours, the mayor, however, vowed at a forum with big businessmen in Makati City (Metro Manila) the following day that he was very much open to the idea that foreigners should be allowed to lease lands in the Philippines up to 90 years.

KMP Chairman Rafael Mariano described Duterte’s plan as “worse” than the existing law that allows foreigners to lease lands for 50 years, renewable for additional 25 years, for a total of only 75 years.

Mariano said the plan effectively gives foreigners lifetime ownership of land in the country.


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  1. Fuck that old maniac npa supporter . 30 In davao and still drugs prostitution smuggling and communist exist. Clean the nation for 3 months ? ano ka hilo .gago ka sa tanda kung ito lolokohin mo? propagandista npa ka ng mga aquino. Go to mt . Apo. your a joke your playing the minds of the pilipino voters dutiti.

    • Talk about platform, what is your alternative? Do you have? Nothing personal. Do you think you can convince people not to vote for him? Who are you? Bayaran?

  2. As much as possible, investors should not put any investments here without Filipino businessmen…the appropriate and right is having Filipino business partner…

  3. Leasing is different from owning. When leasing, although the land is being occupied by investors, the Filipino still own the land. The investor need to pay some money to lease a land. Yes, it is a long years of lease but the Philippines consists of over 7000 islands, why not use some of it for the benefit of Filipino? What I can see is the advantage of leasing a land is: (1) More investors will come in and will create jobs. (2) The people will be no need to work abroad because there will be jobs available in the country. I will never hear a news again that a Filipina housemaid was beaten to death in abroad. If we are lucky, we might end up importing workers too instead of exporting – and that is a good sign. It is true that ofw helps the economy of our country but a lot of these ofw are working as a housemaid and not even paid well in the other country. Filipino has been known to export workers as housemaid or nanny, no wonder why whenever other country think of the word Filipinos, the first thing that comes to their mind is “housemaid” or “nanny”. Did you ever remember the news where they put in the dictionary that the meaning of Filipino is housemaid? That is the proof of my point. They think that we don’t have any talent other than cleaning the house and taking care of kids.

    About 3 weeks ago I encountered a guy and was very surprised when I mentioned to him that I’m not really good at doing household chores. He told me that he though all Filipinos are good at doing household chores because a lot of Filipinos work as a housemaid.

    • Yeah Rosr you are right, they don’t know the word LEASE and OWNER…I like the idea of Mr. Duterte…we Filipinos are the owner of the land and let the investors lease it…seems they misunderstood the lease and ownership of the land….