By Philip C. Tubeza
, TJ Burgonio
Setting aside differences with Malacañang, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday pleaded with President Aquino to meet with 56 farmers on a hunger strike to dramatize demands for the swift implementation of agrarian reform commitments he made to them six months ago.
By DJ Yap
At least 16 farmers have collapsed since a militant group began a hunger strike on Monday to press demands for the ouster of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes for allegedly failing to carry out commitments made to them personally by President Aquino six months ago, organizers said Wednesday.