Presidential candidates condemn violent dispersal in Kidapawan, North Cotabato

Apr 1, 2016
<p>Presidential candidates (L-R) Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Rodrigo Duterte express outrage over violent dispersal of 6,000 protesters in Kidapawan, North Cotabato. Poe, Roxas, and Duterte camp also call for immediat

Kinondena ng presidential candidates na sina Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Mar Roxas, Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe at Jejomar Binay ang madugong pagpapaalis sa mga nagprotestang magsasaka sa Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, Biyernes ng umaga, April 1.

Tinatayang dalawang magsasaka ang namatay habang mahigit 40 katao ang sugatan matapos ang isinagawang dispersal ng kapulisan at militar sa lugar.

Naglabas ng opisyal na pahayag ang Philippine National Police (PNP) na nagsasabing nag-ugat ang madugong dispersal sa Kidapawan nang patuloy umanong nagprotesta ang libo-libong magsasaka sa kabila ng pag-expire ng kanilang rally permit bandang alas diyes ng umaga ng April 1.

Sa kabilang banda, narito ang posisyon ng limang presidential candidates, base sa ulat ng GMA News Online, hinggil sa insidente:

SENATOR MIRIAM DEFENSOR-SANTIAGO: "It is vile enough that this administration has failed to support the farmers and lumads of Kidapawan during the prolonged drought in Mindanao.

“But it is downright inhuman for them to shoot at the same people begging for help.

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"In the first place, there would not have been a protest if only these people felt compassion from their leaders.

“This government cannot claim to be pro-poor when it answers pleas for help with bursts of gunshot.”

MAR ROXAS: "Mariin nating kinu-kondena ang gulong naganap sa Kidapawan kaninang umaga.

“Nakakabahala ang balitang nagkaroon ng gulo sa pagitan ng mga awtoridad at mga raliyista.

"The first task of the day is to restore order to area and make sure that no clash happens again.

“The wounded on either side should be tended to.

“I call on the PNP and other concerned agencies to investigate as to the true cause of the clash and, if warranted, punish those who may be accountable.”

SENATOR GRACE POE. “This should have been attended to by the concerned agencies at the outset that would have prevented the farmers from taking to the streets.

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“The situation calls for authorities and concerned agencies to immediately investigate and resolve the case, and bring to justice those responsible.”

VICE PRESIDENT JEJOMAR BINAY (through spokesman Atty. Rico Quicho): “Bigas ang hinihingi, pero bala ang ibinigay.

“Hunger is a reality that must be addressed not by violence but by compassion and concrete programs to improve the lives of the poor.”

DAVAO MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE (through campaign manager Leoncio Evasco Jr.): “A hungry people demanding food do not deserve to be shot.

“We call on the Aquino government to immediately order all those involved in the shooting to be disarmed, investigated and dealt with the full might and extent of the law.”

19-BILLION-PESO FUNDS FOR EL NIÑO MITIGATION? Ayon pa sa ulat ng GMA News TV Live, anim na libong magsasaka ang nagprotesta upang humingi ng tulong sa gobyerno sa gitna ng matinding tagtuyot na dulot ng El Niño.

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Ito ay sa kabila ng 19 bilyong pisong pondo na inilaan ng administrasyong Aquino para sa mga proyektong kontra-El Nino, at ang dalawang bilyong piso mula rito ay inilaan para sa Department of Agriculture.

Ngunit sa pagpupulong sa Kamara noong Enero, inihayag ng DA na hindi pa nila natatanggap ang naturang budget mula sa administrasyon.

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