Statement of Solidarity for the farmer victims of Kidapawan Massacre | Development Studies Program, CAS, UP Manila
Land and Food Not Bullets!
Statement of the UP Manila Development Studies Program on the Kidapawan Incident
The University of the Philippines Manila Development Studies Program Faculty and Students
condemn in strongest terms the violent dispersal and shooting of protesting farmers in
Kidapawan, North Cotabato last April 1, 2016.
The farmers were asking for food assistance from the government to at least survive the illeffects
of El Nino in their farmlands. Instead of hearing their demands, the government through
the Local Government of North Cotabato, violently dispersed the protesters by shooting them
immediately killing 3, injuring 116 and wounding several other protesters. The farmers who
were affected by drought demanded food and immediate assistance through the calamity funds
but the government responded with bullets.
The government’s reaction in Kidapawan, North Cotabato clearly shows how it treats the poor
and marginalized. In an agricultural society like the Philippines, farmers should live with their
dignity intact and human potential fully realized.
We are in solidarity with our farmers. We support their democratic rights and their call for
genuine land reform and national development.
Land and Food not Bullets!
Justice for the Victims of Kidapawan Massacre!
Development Studies Program
College of Arts and Sciences
University of the Philippines Manila