Farmers to join broad protests on Duterte’s last SONA

Agrarian protest march from DA to UP

Farmers from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said they expect tomorrow to be the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) from a Duterte in power as they vowed to block efforts of an extension of the Duterte dynasty’s reign of terror and criminal neglect.

“COVID-19 and monsoon rains will not stop us. Farmers will be joining tomorrow’s peaceful SONA protest to air our grievances and give our objective assessment of the Duterte administration,” says KMP’s Danilo Ramos as he gave assurance that protestors will observe necessary health protocols. “We will only bring our placards, face masks, rain gear, and disinfectants. The last thing we need is for the PNP and traffic enforcers to block our paths to the peaceful assembly at the University of the Philippines.”

Duterte, who still dreams of running for Vice President with his daughter Sara Duterte to evade any accountability, must be fought with all our might.

Aside from the broad mobilization in Metro Manila, Ramos said Protestang Bukid or farm protests in the provinces would also mark Duterte’s legacy — agriculture in ruins and impoverished farmers.

Rodrigo Duterte will leave Philippine agriculture in an irreversible collapse and the peasant masses in a more impoverished condition. We have just and valid reasons to demand the termination of the Duterte regime.

The continuation of Duterte’s presidency means the perpetuation and worsening of hunger, poverty, and killings faced by Filipinos. Only landlords, big capitalists, corrupt officials, foreign businesses, and importers are celebrating and pushing for the protraction of this rotten regime. Duterte, who still dreams of running for Vice President with his daughter Sara Duterte to evade any accountability, must be fought with all our might.

KMP said farmers have experienced the worst under Duterte – farmers became thrice more hungry compared to before, poverty rates remain the worst among farmers, farming costs increased while income was further reduced, and overall, the agriculture’s share in the national economy plunged to 9.2%, the lowest in 13 years.

Domestic agriculture and the state of farmers and rural population slumped even further in the past five years. Worse, it was under Duterte that the Philippines became the largest importer of rice in the world.

Peasant and fisherfolk organizations KMP, AMIHAN, PAMALAKAYA, UMA, and Anakpawis Partylist will join the protests tomorrow. Farmers from Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog will also join the activities.

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