Militants farmers reaffirm claim on farm land


The militant Alyansa ng Magbubukid ng Gitnang Luzon and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (AMGL-KMP) marched to the Pampanga Provincial Capitol and the Public Attorneys’ Office to plead some cases regarding their claim on Hacienda Dolores’ farmlands in Porac town.

The farmers also protested to show their concerns in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days as chief executive of the country.

Joseph Canlas, chair of the Alyansa ng Magbubukid ng Gitnang Luzon and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, said they want to reach out to Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda to convey their message of fair treatment to local farmers.

Canlas said the farmers were forcefully shooed away from the land they till. They also claimed that the lawyers and judges are siding over the “capitalists who took their lands.”

Canlas also claimed that the Registrar of Deeds, which dispenses rights for land ownership, prioritizes the business sector rather than sustaining the lands as agricultural.

“Nagtataka yung mga magsasaka, nagbubungkal ng kanilang lupa, [pero] sa isang banda, may darating na nag-mamay-ari ng lupa at nakatitulo daw sa kanila yung lupa. Pero bago lang ang kanilang mga titulo,” he added.

Canlas also confessed that their protest is only a part of the bigger protest in Manila where they will also be heading, together with other militant groups.