Expectedly, Aquino’s DILG and PNP blame farmer victims

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WE commend Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon and former Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares, who is a senatorial candidate, for immediately flying to Mindanao to assist farmer protestors taking refuge in a Methodist church in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, and to offer their legal assistance to these farmers and to those detained by the PNP at a gym in Kidapawan.

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As expected, the President B.S. Aquino’s people in the Philippine National Police and the Cabinet department in charge of it, the Department of Interior and Local Government, have blamed the victims for the Kidapawan Massacre. On Friday morning hungry protesting farmers and their families were mowed down by PNP units.

Congressman Ridon accused the PNP and DILG on Saturday for “deliberately twisting facts” and pinning the blame for the bloody massacre of farmers yesterday on the protesters.

He spoke in the United Methodist Church compound in Kidapawan City, where more than 5,000 farmer protesters sought refuge following the shooting of the farmers and their wives and children who were begging for aid–food and cash assistance. The party-list congressman said the PNP and DILG are clearly spinning the news to escape accountability.

Ridon cited PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez, who had declared that PNP crime lab findings found nitrate traces on the hands of the slain farmers.

“CPNP Marquez should be ashamed of himself. His statement lends greater insult to the deaths of farmers by insinuating that they had guns and fired shots at the police,” Ridon said.

“The crime lab results are a farce and should not be given any ounce of credibility, as we cannot expect the PNP to deliver an honest and independent finding on the conduct of their men and the incident itself.

“It should be noted that the PNP took custody of the dead bodies, and cordoned off the scene of the massacre. This has given them all the opportunity to plant all kinds of evidence on the dead, such as pistols and nitrates on fingers,” Ridon explained.

The PNP searched the Methodist church compound and found no firearms.

He urged an all-out effort to prevent the PNP from white-washing this tragedy and abuse of the farmers’ human rights. He appealed to his congressional colleagues to convene an emergency independent fact-finding mission to ascertain facts on what really transpired.

The DILG immediately gave medals to the PNP men who took part in the massacre of hungry El Niño–victimized peasants. Rep. Ridon said:

“Shame on DILG. Shame on Sec. Sarmiento [the DILG head]. Shame on the Aquino administration for prioritizing the awarding their killer personnel instead of simply giving the protesting farmers their sacks of rice.” He added that the move to award the police involved in the massacre “speaks volumes of the Aquino government’s unabashed hypocrisy.”

He and Atty. Colmenares have promised to press charges against PNP and local government officials for illegally detaining the farmers. “We have witnessed first-hand how combined elements of the police and the military continue to threaten the security and life of the crowd gathered here in Kidapawan. We in the Makabayan bloc will exhaust all means to bring the perpetrators of the massacre to justice and hold accountable everyone involved in this bloody episode,” Rep. Ridon said.

“This latest attack against the people is another bloody badge on the Aquino administration’s already bloodstained record. We should not let this pass with the perpetrators running scot-free.”

“Release the 15,000 sacks of rice”
The lawmaker also called on both the national government and the local government of North Cotabato to immediately heed the demands of the protesting farmers.

“Ano pa bang hinihintay ng gobyerno? Na mas marami pa ang mamatay? Na maulit ang massacre? Congress allotted billions of pesos for the calamity fund to serve in situations like this. Why do we need to end up in a dire situation wherein hungry farmers asking for food are instead fed bullets?”

Rep. Ridon said that the government promised immediate relief and the pledged sacks of rice to the farmers and their families. “These should be distributed immediately. What are they waiting for?”

“These thick-faced officials–lalo na ng local government ng North Cotabato [particularly the local government of North Cotabato]— should all resign. Their gross negligence of duty is the root cause of the protest and the massacre.”

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  1. Ang pagkakaiba ng martial law ni marcos, takot ang mga komunista na bumaba sa bayan parang manggulo, ngayon ang kay Pnotsa, nasa ibaba na ang mga komunista na wala ng takot . iyan ang pagkakaiba, kabayan…

  2. Kayo naman, Hindi na kayo nasanay. Consistent Lang si Pnoy. From Luneta massacre, Luisita massacre to Mamasapano massacre and now Kidapawan massacre. Baka next election massacre to put Roxas next fake president. Yes I remember, may Mendiola massacre pa ang nanay ni Pnoy. O, di ba?

  3. Every time demonstrations resulted in violence the police immediately absolved itself of responsibility. This is true during martial law period and even now 29 years after 1986 revolution. The lowly farmers always get killed and blamed for what happened.

    The government failed to explain why it has not acted promptly on the demands of the farmers meant to alleviate their hunger brought about by EL NINO. A sincere desire to help the farmers could have been done by way of giving them the rice and financial assistance asked not necessarily as they demanded but reasonable enough to make them wait for more lasting solutions.

    Recall the Luneta Hostage Massacre, simple promise of reinstatement to troubled policeman could have saved the lives of the hostages but the government failed to take such action.

    A genuine concern for less privilege sectors of our society has been missing under the present administration.

  4. Reminds me of the Mendiola Massacre and the Hacienda Luisita Massacre ( by snipers !), which by the way, they had the temerity to blame on GMA !!!
    Ang gutom, kakapait sa patalim .
    Ang walang malasakit, ang nang-aapi, may aanihing gantimpala( Kaunti nalang, susunod na ang Kabanata).
    Marunong ba kayong humingi ng paumanhin ?

  5. KONTI LANG NAMAN ANG HINIHINGI NG MGA FARMERS. PUMASOK NA NAMAN ANG MGA MAKAKALIWA PARA MANGULO NA NAMAN SA ISYU.

    GANITO NA LANG SISIHIN NILA ANG MGA MARCOSES, NA SA PANAHON NI PRES. MARCOS MERON TAYONG TINATAWAG NA MASAGANA 99, GINTONG BUTIL AT IBA PA AT MGA TULONG GALING SA GOBYERNO LALO NA SA PANAHON NI AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ESCUDERO.

    NGAYON ANG SABI NG FARMERS SA SUGARLANDIA. SA AMING ANG PERA PINIPIKO AT PINAPALA, LATER NAGING GANITO NA ANG PERA SA AMIN BIBUBULDOZER AT PINIPAYLOADER. ANG TINDI NG AYUDA NI PRES. MARCOS SA MGA MAGSASAKA. PERO NGAYON SA PAGPASOK NG MGA AQUINO WINALANGHIYA NILA ANG PANG GOBYERNO AT ANG LAHAT NG ME KASALANAN ANG MGA MARCOSES. ANG TINDI NNG PAGSISINUGALING NG MGA IYAN KASAMA NILA SA PAG WAWALANGHIYA AY ANG YELLOW BRIGADE AT LIBERAL PART/NAZI PARTY

    • randy malayao on

      Manggulo? Sino ba ang tauspusong kasa-kasama ng mga magsasaka at manggagawa sa kanilang mga pakikibaka?

      Tama konti lang ang 15,000 sacks of rice, bakit bala ang ibinigay? 25-30 million lang ang halaga non para pansamantalang mapawi ang kagutuman. Bakit hindi ibinigay? Dahil ba iniisip na kaliwa din sila? Ganyan din sa Bagyong Pablo noon. Hiling ng magsasaka, ibigay na ang tuloy. Pero ang gubyerno, sabi mga kaliwa ang makikinabang. Nangasira lang sa bodega. Ganon ba tayo mag-isip? Porke kaliwa? Sino ba ang lumalaban sa pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin, kanan? Sino ba ang nangangalampag pag mataas ang presyo ng langis, kanan? Sino ba ang sumisigaw para sa repormang agraryo, kanan? Sino ba ang nanawagan ng makatuwirang pagtaas ng sahod, kanan?
      Sino ba ang naggigiit ng tunay na repormang panlipunan, kanan?

  6. Josemakabayan on

    Ano ba pagkakaiba gobyerno ng panahon ni marcos at panahon ng aquinos??? Ang panahon ni marcos deklarado ang martial law, sa panahon ng aquinos hindi.
    Ano naman ang pagkakatulad? Parehong pinapatay mga demonstrador!!!!

  7. Baka mag color coding pa ng mga sako sila Dinky. Yellow dapat,kasi yellow na ang bigas, hehe!

  8. Mabilis sa nakawan, Noynoying sa pag-iisip sa kinabukasan at kapakanan ng maliliit na magsasaka na siyang naghihirap sa init ng araw para sa ating mga pangangailangang pagkain!
    Hindi aabot sa protesta kung may foresight at planning ang Aquino na yan. Pero, mas inaasikaso ang kampanya ni Roxas at ni Poe! Ang ama ng bayan ay pabaya, inutil at abusado. Saan yan kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha?