The League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State Condemns Military Violence Against Farmers in Kidapawan City
April 1st, 2016
Reference: Raymond Jegillos, LFS-SFSU, Secretary General. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rice Not Bullets! Justice for the Kidapawan Massacre Victims!
We, the League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU), condemn the Philippine government for the violent massacre of protesting farmers in Kidapawan, North Cotabato, Mindanao.
With El Niño in effect, a drought has gripped the province since November, 2015. Officially, the region had been in a state of Calamity since January. The protesters were demanding immediate government relief which was not given, thus leading to barricades at the Cotabato-Davao Highway.
The morning of April 1, 2016 (GMT+8) a state of “Maximum Tolerance” was decidedly reached by the side of the Philippine National Police. As such, the group of 5,000 farmers were met with a rain of bullets coming from none other than the PNP (Philippine National Police). In the process, 5 farmers were confirmed dead, about 116 are wounded and 89 were reported missing.
The government had refused rice subsidies to farmers hit hardest by the El Niño. Afterwards, rather than address the needs of the people, the PNP chose to threaten sanctuary in order to further violently suppress the protestors.
If the question must be asked: “Who does the Philippine Government serve?” Their violence is a clear answer. In the midst of all of this, we demand that justice for the farmers murdered by the state is found.
Justice for the farmers of Cotabato! Protect the livelihood of farmers and workers! Justice for the victims of state violence! Justice for the victims of the BS Aquino regime!
Rice, not bullets! Bigas, hindi Bala!
Youth and Students at San Francisco State show solidarity with Kidapawan.