Peasant leaders from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao composing the National Council of the militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) in a news conference held in Quezon City today vowed to launch “Peasant Resistance” nationwide to oust Aquino from power.
“The Filipino peasantry is adding their voice and strength to the growing clamor and movement to oust the Aquino from power. We are long fed up with the haciendero president,” says KMP chair Rafael Mariano.
“We call on KMP’s 15 regional and 63 provincial chapters to intensify ‘Peasant Resistance,’ that includes non-payment of land taxes, amortization, irrigation fees, resicada, and other unjust exactions from farmers, in order to force Aquino to step down,” Mariano said adding, “Peasant Resistance” is our version of civil disobedience and our concrete contribution to the snowballing ‘Oust Aquino’ movement to put an end to the corrupt, puppet, and fascist haciendero regime.
“Aquino’s shameless puppetry to the United States, high treason, and violation of the country’s national sovereignty has resulted to the Mamasapano incident. The death of the 44 elite police forces shows his landlord mentality, callousness, and the treatment of ordinary troops as mere pawns in the US-directed Oplan Exodus and US terrorist war,” the peasant leader said.
Alyansa ng Magbubukid ng Gitnang Luzon (AMGL) chair Joseph Canlas said that “while poor farmers and their families are dying from extreme hunger and poverty, Aquino and his minions continue to raid, plunder, and feast over the national treasury as proven by the Supreme Court decision declaring Aquino’s disbursement acceleration program (DAP) as unconstitutional.”
“The SC decision confirms that Aquino plundered DAR funds allocated for 2010 and 2011. Under the guise of landowner compensation for his relatives, the Cojuangco-Aquinos, Aquino doled-out P471.5 million from DAP funds as so-called payment to the still undistributed Hacienda Luisita,” he said.
“Despite the Supreme Court ruling, Aquino and his gang of thieves are now plotting to plunder more than P87 billion of small coconut farmers’ money,” says Nestor Villanueva, spokesperson of the Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan and national coordinator of the claimants movement Coco Levy Fund Ibalik sa Amin (CLAIM).
KMP Southern Mindanao Region chairperson Pedro Arnado accused Aquino of “worsening land-grabbing in the countryside due to his sell-out of vast tracts of land to local and foreign corporations through the promotion of agri-business venture arrangement (AVA), joint ventures, contract growing, and other stock distribution option-like schemes.”
“No amount of political maneuvers and cover-up can absolve Aquino from his crimes against the peasantry and the people. He can’t escape his criminal negligence,” says Nestor Lebico, victim of super-typhoon Yolanda and chair of the Samahan Gudti han Sinirangan Bisayas.
“Tulad ng apoy sa kaingin, nagliliyab ang galit ng uring magbubukid at mamamayan. Magbabayad ng mahal ang kriminal sa Malakanyang. Patatalsikin siya ng taumbayan,” says Lucia Capaducio chair of Paghugpong sang mga Mangunguma sa Panay kag Guimaras (Pamanggas), the peasant group in Panay region opposing the construction of the multi-billion Jalaur Dam, Aquino and Sen. Franklin Drilon’s pet project.
Instead of regime change, the KMP called for the formation of a “transition council” that will be composed of sectors and groups that worked to oust Aquino from power. ###