The Sumilao farmers who are on a 23-day march to campaign for Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo received a warm welcome from different multi-sectoral groups upon their arrival in Davao City.
Among those who welcomed the farmers were members of Akbayan, COOP-NATTCO, Change Politics Movement-Davao, MINCODE, SIMCARRD, Mulig Federation of Free Farmers, Tropang MARangal Davao and different farmers’ multi-purpose cooperatives.
The groups held a mini-rally where they called on Davaoeños to vote for Robredo.
The representative of the Third District of Camarines Sur helped 163 Sumilao farmers when she was working as free legal aid lawyer for Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN).
The Sumilao farmers caught attention when they walked from Bukidnon to Manila several years ago to fight for their 144-hectare ancestral land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
To show their gratitude to Robredo, the Sumilao farmers started a 23-day march caravan from April 15 to May 7 to campaign for the lawmaker.
Dubbed “Sumilao Farmers’ Express: Mga Nasa Laylayan ng Lipunan, Iaangat si Leni Para sa Bayan!”, the cross-country march-caravan will cover 3,750 kilometers.
The march started in San Vicente, Sumilao, Bukidnon and will pass through Cotabato, Davao, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Tacloban, Legazpi, Naga, and Lucena, and culminate on May 7, 2016 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
Through the caravan, the Sumilao farmers plan to share, in a wider platform, personal experiences about Robredo’s compassion, competence and character as a lawyer and supporter. They will also convey the importance of addressing hunger, good governance, and people empowerment, issues that Robredo has been advocating for years.
Robredo thanked the Sumilao farmers for their initiative, saying their contribution will be a big help in her campaign.