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Police, militant farmers clash at NAPC; one hurt

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MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of protesting farmers stormed the offices of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in Quezon City on Thursday, clashing with riot policemen who tried to stop them with fire extinguishers.

Police Officer 3 Ma. Theresa Monet said the rallyists were able to enter the compound after climbing up its walls, prompting security officers to retaliate.

“Nagkagulo doon kanina pero hindi pa natin masabi kung ano mismo nangyari. Basta nakapasok mga militante,” she said.

The militants arrived Wednesday evening.

Led by the leftist Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the farmers hailing from Bicol, Quezon, Aurora and Cagayan provinces forced their way into the NAPC headquarters to air their demand that the agency be stopped from touching the controversial “coco levy” funds for its poverty alleviation projects.

They also suggested that the NAPC headed by Secretary Joel Rocamora, a former president of the Akbayan partylist group, may use the P1.6 billion taken from the nearly P70 billion coco levy fund for political purposes, particularly the senatorial campaign of Akbayan’s former representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel.

KMP leaders said Quezon City policemen sprayed them with fire extinguishers in an attempt to stop them from entering the compound.

But they were able to barge in and occupied the lobby, where they began voicing their grievances.

A radio report said at least one police officer was hurt during the clash. He was identified as Colonel Pedro Sanchez.

In a statement, KMP said the farmers were demanding the dismantling of what they described as the “coco levy fund mafia,” referring to the Malacanang-created Presidential Task Force on the Coco Levy Funds.

The task force, according to the KMP, was pushing for the P11.17 billion five-year “Poverty Reduction Roadmap of the Coconut Industry” that included the “conditional cash transfer (CCT) program,” the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino  Program (4Ps),” and the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER).

KMP deputy secretary general Willy Marbella said “concerned government officials brought to our attention that Rocamora is advancing P1.6 billion from the coco levy funds for his anti-peasant poverty reduction roadmap of the coconut industry.”

“The Palace-created coco levy fund ‘mafia’ is hell-bent in scheming to once again plunder small coconut farmers’ money,” said Marbella.

“The nerve! We did not fight the dictatorship and continue to struggle to reclaim the coco levy funds only for Rocamora and his gang of thieves to once again steal our hard-earned money,” he said.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

    NPA…Salot ng Bayan…Casinong Komunista Espiya ng China…

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    dapat sa mga iyan kasuhan sobra ng ginagawa ng mga iyan rallyista kuno but gumagawa ng kaguluhan naninira ng ari arian nanakit ang lalakas ng loob pero mga kumunista yan mga yan

      front lang ng NPA pwedi naman mag rally ng maayos maki pag usap ng maayos di yung karahasan nag rarally ba sila tungkol sa ginagawa ng CHINA may permit ba yan mga yan mambato at manakit ng kapuwa ano ba pinag lalaban ng mga yan

    • Tigsik

      Eh hindi nga sila kinikibo pano pa magkakaroon ng maayos na usapan? Anong gusto mong gawin nila tumunganga at maghintay? May nasaktan sa nangyari, pero gaano tayo kasigurado sa buong kwento?

      Malinaw naman sa artikulo kung ano ang ipinaglalaban nila. Kung binasa mo lang sana ng maayos.

  • patriotic_act

    its their right to demonstrate.. but its never a right to beat up someone, destroy a property or violate a permit that states a specific “threshold of demonstration area”.

    • Sandy Bulet

      kasi nga po ayaw naman silang harapin ng tao sa tao, kung naadress lang ng tama ang hinaing nila di yan aabot sa ganyang karahasan. Minsan pakitaan naman kasi natin ng ugaling tao ang kapwa natin tao para hindi napipilitan ang iba na mag asal hayop para lang mapansin!

      • patriotic_act

        thats not the point, paano kung hindi naman talaga pwede yung gusto nila? ehdi manggugulo at mag aasal hayop nalang sila? parang batang hindi ibinili ng matamis na kendi dahil may allergy sya dun..

        The validity of those “hinaings” are always “subjective” and never “technical” as most of these people dont even know what they are asking for.

  • jinx

    “….the farmers hailing from Bicol, Quezon, Aurora and Cagayan provinces forced their way…”

    Ang lalayo ng pinanggalingan a. Pero sigurado ba talaga kayong mga farmers “lang” mga yan? Di na ko magtataka kung iba diyan mga kasapi ng teroristang NPA.

  • $5699914

    Sa ganitong mga anarkiyang pag-iisip na umiiral, payag na akong ibalik ang martial law!

    • Sandy Bulet

      Martial Law? agad agad? Pwede bang upuan muna natin at iaddress ng tama ang hinaing ng mga magsasaka? Malinaw naman siguro na napapabayaan sila ng gobyerno at mga tao din sila, mamamayan ng bansang pilinas, mga pilipino na naghahangad lang ng konting pagtingin ng gobyerno. Wag naman natin silang isantabi, sila ang nagpapakain sa atin. Magkaroon naman kayo ng puso!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HPGUIIJ44DMCSONOPI4JAEMUZM lex

        puro usap na lang! walang nangyayari! payag din akong ibalik ang martial law!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

        di nga maayos ang kalakaran ng militar ang armed forces na merong “obey first before you complain”, boung bansa pa aayusin nila?

        No to Martial Law.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUPTS47VZP6O5O4ABVWTACXOQU Febien

        Kung susunod ang mga sundalo.

      • $5699914

        Sabihin mo iyang salitang ‘hinahon’ doon sa mga taong ang nasa isip lang ay mag-rally, manira ng public property at manugod ng mga opisina na may halong panggugulo…
        Sensya na, wala akong simpatiya kahit na katiting sa mga taong idinadaan sa sigaw at pananakot ang nais iparating na hinaing….

    • Tigsik

      Kasi hindi ka nabuhay ng panahong iyon, kaya ganyan ka na lang kung makapagbitiw ng iyong pagnanais na ibalik ang bansa sa ilalim ng batas militar.

      • $5699914

        Sinong herodes ang nagsabi sa iyo na hindi ko inabot ang martial law?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004462953000 Carlo Lacanilao

      Patas: have you experienced life during ML days? If not, think again.

      • $5699914

         I did.
        Satisfied?

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    They were not armed but they were branded as militants. They had no intention to hurt or injure anyone but they were portrayed as being even worse than gangs that robbed malls. They mounted walls because the government stonewalled against their earnest and non-violent pleas for their hard-earned money back. They had to act with urgency as many among their ranks are dying of illness and old age after being robbed of the fruits of their blood and sweat for more than 40 long years since 1972. There are 3.5 million of them, all Filipinos and of native-born, but they’re withering away and dying away fast. They have been robbed for so long and denied justice repeatedly that they have nothing to lose. The moment they lose their fear of God, their respect for the law of man and what little remains of their inner hope, then there will be héll to pay. We have not seen the last of them. We have not seen the last of it. Not just yet.

    Such is the price that many ordinary Filipinos have to pay just to have what is rightfully theirs. Their injustice is our injustice. Their diminishment is our diminishment. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, for it tolls for thee.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUPTS47VZP6O5O4ABVWTACXOQU Febien

    Ipakiusap nila kay Trillones!!! May hihigit pa ba sa ginawa ni Pres BS Aquino? Pinapunta noon si.Trillanes sa China para sabihing Di intresado ang mga Filipino sa Scarborough Shoal. Yan ang iprotesta nyo mga leftist.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUPTS47VZP6O5O4ABVWTACXOQU Febien

    Akbayan marami na kayong pera ngayon ambunan nyo naman ang mga protesters na yan ! hati hati kayo hating kapatid!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

    Malinaw ang ipinaglalaban ng mga NPA..

    Pabagsakin  at agawin ang gobyerno at iupo  si Jose Maria Sison bilang pangulo..

    Iyan ang malinaw na katotohanan..

  • kangsongdaeguk

    “Hundreds of protesting farmers “? More like protesting (as always) communists.



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