Daily Archives: April 15, 2016

RELEASE ALL DETAINED PEASANTS ARRESTED AT THE KIDAPAWAN RALLY, NOW!

PETITION:

RELEASE ALL DETAINED PEASANTS ARRESTED AT THE KIDAPAWAN RALLY, NOW!

( Issued at the Talakayan sa Kapihan sa Historic Filipinotown Forum, April 14, 2016 at Manila Terrace Apartments, 2328 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026. Kapihan is every Thursday of thw eek at 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM) 

Kapihan ModeratorsWe, the Filipino-American community leaders of Southern California at the TALAKAYAN SA KAPIHAN FORUM in Los Angeles today, April 13, 2016 , demand that the Philippine Government and the local government of Cotabato and the PNP authorities release as soon as possible the 81 arrested peasants at the violently dispersed Kidapawan Incident last April 1, 2016.

It came to our attention that the arrested peasants were arrested even before the violent dispersal that cause the death of 3 farmers and wounded 116 others.

That most of these who were arrested were seniors, and even some women were pregnant and were thrown into jail.That they are still detained in the Kipadawan jail since April 01, 2016.

At the same time, we vehemently condemn the violent dispersal of the hungry farmers who protested the lack of government attention and care in the El Nino famine that their farms. It was a over-reaction on the part of the police forces who used firearms against the peasants.

Signed:

Arturo P. Garcia of Alliance Philippines (AJLPP-USA) and Knights Commander, Knights of Rizal-HFT Chapter;
Dr. Orlando Cagampan , Deputy Knights Commander, Knights of Rizal, Historic Filipino Town Chapter;
Antonio Berango, Knights Commander,Western Region, California:
Rudy Ferran, Deputy Knights Commander, California Chapter;
Dr. Veronico Agatep, 1st Vice President , Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) Inc;
Paul Julian, 1st Vice President , FACLA Inc;
Rosalinda Nery, Treasurer, FACLA Inc;
Mylah De Leon, President, Pens and Lens Press Club;
Jimmy Salazar, Knights of Rizal, California;
Sid Balatan, FilAm Press Global;
Jun Caringal, Grace Poe Movement –North America-USA;
Jerry Esguerra, BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA;
Edmer Torres, HFT community leader.

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Consulate General of The Philippines -Los Angeles
Malacang Palace, San Miguel Manila, Philippines
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Manila Philippines
Media Outlets, Los Angeles

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