Landlessness, peasant leaders killings make peace negotiations urgent, necessary -Gabriela

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 17:49 -- gwp_prop

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas today expressed her support anew for the peace negotiations, adding that while the unexpected postponement of peace negotiations creates a cloud of uncertainty, it prods women to continue to pursue much needed reforms in other avenues including that of having the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill immediately passed in Congress.

Gabriela Women’s Party representatives who are among co-authors of several resolutions by the Makabayan block supporting the resumption of peace negotiations remain hopeful that the temporary roadblock to the resumption of the fourth round of talks will be resolved by both panels.

“There is compelling reason to resume peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the Philippine government. Everyday, Filipino farmers’ assertion for their right to own the land they till is being violently blocked and violated by landlords and their allies in the AFP,” said Brosas.

“Every farmer killed by AFP elements in cahoots with landlords and corporate plantation owners adds urgency to the long-term solution to landlessness, which breeds the armed conflict in the countryside,” she added.

Brosas cited documentation from Karapatan noting that from February 4 to March 31 2017, there have been 21 cases of extra judicial killings, 19 cases of illegal arrest and detention and several instances of aerial bombings which posed threat to an estimated 8,758 individuals from the peasant communities and national minorities.

“These violations are the result of the AFP’s continuing implementation of its counterinsurgency program that clearly intends to sabotage the GRP-NDFP peace talks.”

Karapatan Southern Mindanao reported the killing of peasant leader Danilo Nadal, member of the Hugpong sa mga Mag-uuma sa Pantukan (HUMAPAN) by suspected agents of the 46th Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army yesterday, April 2. Nadal sustained ten (10) gunshot wounds.

Karapatan Southern Tagalog also reported that on March 30, at least sixteen (16) bombs were dropped by the 203rd Infantry Brigade on Mangyan communities in sitios Karumata and Kalungbuyan, Brgy. Benli in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, affecting at least 250 families.#