Written by April Porteria Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:36
Petition in Support of the Demands of the Farm Workers and Residents for Free Land Distribution and Ouster of the Military in Hacienda Luisita
We support the struggle of the farm workers and residents of Hacienda Luisita for free land distribution and the ouster of the military there.
According to the April 24, 2012 decision of the Supreme Court, the farm workers are the legitimate owners of Hacienda Luisita. But the owners of the Hacienda the Cojuangco’s, which includes President Noynoy Cojuangco Aquino and his siblings, subverted this through the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Instead, DAR implemented the distribution of the land through a lottery. DAR even warned that whoever does not join this and signs the APFU (Application to Purchase and Farmers Undertaking) would not be given any land. Direct harassment was applied in a number of barangays in order that the beneficiaries would join this farce.Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 16:28
Written by April Porteria Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:09
News Release from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) / 18 September 2013
Solon’s arrest shows Hacienda Luisita in a “state of terror”
The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today said that the arrestofAnakpawis Rep. Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap and ten other agrarian reform advocates in Hacienda Luisita yesterday proves that “the whole sugar estate owned by President Aquino’s family is under a state of terror.”
“The national fact-finding mission team were in Hacienda Luisita to document political and economic rights abuses suffered by farmworkers. Unfortunately, the team experienced first-hand the day-to-day violence experienced by Hacienda Luisita farmworkers and residents,” says KMP secretary general Antonio Flores.
“The illegal arrest and detention of Ka Pando and 10 other land reform advocates show that Hacienda Luisita is under a state of terror,” says Flores, adding, “even persons who supposedly enjoys parliamentary immunity was not spared. Imagine the life of an ordinary Hacienda Luisita farm worker at the hands of the President’s family.”Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:35
Written by April Porteria Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:57
The People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) recently released its critique on theresponsible agricultural investment (rai) guideline calling it essentially the same as the World Bank's Principle on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI).
The critique pointed out that save for the form,the two sets of principles have no significant difference. It highlighted the two main problems with the CFS rai principles such as the draft being anchored on the neoliberal framework and its failure to recognize food sovereignty as its ultimate goal.
In line with this, the network called for the need to underline and condemn the camouflaging neoliberal policies that legitimize the drivers of resource grabbing. It questioned the whole process of how the CFS principles were drafted given the significant glaring omissions of the Zero Draft content.Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:08
Written by April Porteria Friday, 13 September 2013 06:25
PR | 12 September 2013
People's Solidarity Festival
Grassroots groups, advocates affirm collective action against land grabs, WTO
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) through its Asia regional office together with 16 other local and international organizations based in the Philippines co-sponsored and organized the “People’s Solidarity Festival: Strengthening People’s Collective Actions to the Global Crisis,” last September 10 in Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
Around 200 participants from Philippine-based people’s organizations, civil society organizations, the academe, and international participants from the Caribbean and Asia, among others, gathered to discuss key global issues on political, economic and liberation rights and together drew resolutions for engaging in collective actions towards moving the people’s struggles forward to address such issues.Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 07:00
Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:52
Updates on the ongoing National Agriculture Strike being waged by farmers and supporters from the students, teachers, trade unions and other sectors in Colombia, Latin America
According to the statement released by PCFS-LAC member organization, Seeds Guardian's Network, thefarmers waged the strike due to the "profound crisis in the Colombian countryside as a result of the signatures of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)," which includes the prohibition on the use and trade of indigenous seeds, as well as other government anti-farmer policies and the inherent socially unjust agrarian structure.
Two members of the Seed Guardian's Network, Rober Elio Delgado and Jesus Alarcon, as well as two unidentified students were attacked by the military in the course of the protest actions. Rober Elio Delgado has been seriously injured in the right eye and both he and Jesus Alarcon, who sustained minor injuries, remain hospitalized.
The farmers have now stopped the road blockades as government negotiates with them but the farmers vow to continue their strike.
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