“Aquino is neither half-full nor half-empty, he is a total airhead and a butcher, unsheathing the sword against peasants that brought about unabated extra-judicial killings of peasants and activists,” Antonio Flores said, KMP Spokesperson and Tanggol Magsasaka Co-convenor.
The groups condemned the latest of the extra-judicial killing that victimized Quirante. Kaugmaon reported that on September 30, Rene Quirante went to Sitio Amomoyong, Bgy. Trinidad to meet a local group of Kaugmaon. That the said meeting lasted until about 6 pm in the evening, thus he decided to sleep at the house of a local member. At around 2 am of October 1, 2010, they were awaken by voices saying, "Abrihe ang pwertahan mga NPA kami," (Open up, we're NPA) from people outside the house. Quirante and the host family did not answer the door as they believed that the men were members of the 11th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. The soldiers forced themselves inside and upon seeing Quirante hit him with the butt of an M-16 armalite. The soldiers dragged Quirante out to the balcony and continued beating him. Finally they dragged him on the ground where he was shot at the head and chest. Witnesses said the soldiers number to 30 and shouted "Tinlo na" meaning "It's clear," before leaving the site.
“Aquino who promised change during elections is now the butcher of peasants. He has no plans of land reform in the country, he extended the atrocious Oplan Bantay Laya, favored his family on the Hacienda Luisita issue and plans to dislocate countless farmers through his Public-Private Partnership program. He is totally anti-peasant and anti-people,” Flores said.
The groups said that within the first 100 days of the Aquino government, 9 peasants fell victim to extra-judicial killing, 2 of enforced disappearances and 1 of ‘arrest and detention.’ Tanggol Magsasaka is still verifying the raw report that 2 farmers were killed by Special Action Force (SAF) at the boundary of Antipolo and Montalban, Rizal.
The protesting farmers also called for the immediate end of massive militarization in the province of Rizal and Surigao del Sur. The 2 abducted farmers were from Bgy. Mahaba, Marihatag town of the said province.
The groups also showed a list of names of the peasant victims of extra-judicial killings namely Pascual Guevarra inside Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation (FMMR) in Laur, Nueva Ecija on July 9, Julius Tamondes on August 12 and Naldo Labrador on September 3, both in Paquibato District, Davao City, the Masbate Massacre victims on September 7, Vicente Flores, Richard Oliva, Melecio Monacelio and Jonathan Monacelio, on September 9, Vicente Felisilda in Compostela Valley, then Quirante.
“Aquino is just doing what former Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did in fascistly attacking the peasants who struggle for genuine land reform. There is no change only the number of victims increasing. The 50-year-old unmarried president should be ashamed of his parents, who he claim to be icons of democracy,” Flores said.
Aside from calling justice for the killed victims, the groups are also pressing for the immediate release of Dario Tomada, former peasant leader of SAGUPA – SB (KMP Eastern Visayas) who was arrested and tortured on July 22, Felicidad Caparal, organizer of agricultural workers who was arrested on January 27, 2009 in Lavezares, Northern Samar when she was only about to fetch her ill mother for medical treatment in Manila. Tanggol Magsasaka said that they are also campaigning for the freedom of peasant leaders and activists such as Eddie Cruz arrested on June 10 in Montalban, Rizal, the Antipolo 4 (Rizal), Talisay 3 (Batangas), Cadiz 4 (Negros) and Buenavista 5 (Bohol).
“We would never tire of protesting and calling for justice and freedom. As the Aquino government is clearly deaf of our screams, we have no option but to intensify our protests for the whole country and world to know that he is an enemy of the Filipino peasants, democracy and human rights,” Flores said.
As symbol of their intensified protests, the groups threw paintbombs and painted on the gates of NICA their legitimate calls. #