On the 33rd year of Mendiola Massacre: Duterte Legacy, hunger and death
PROGRESSIVE GROUPS AND RELATIVES of Mendiola Massacre victims converged in Mendiola, Manila on January 22 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the massacre. They said that the Duterte regime has failed to give justice to the 13 farmers killed on January 22, 1987.
The 13 farmers were among thousands who protested in Mendiola to call on former President Cory Aquino to implement genuine agrarian reform.
According to Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, several regimes have passed but the plight of the Filipino majority remains unaddressed. They added that the “Duterte Legacy” that the regime is bragging about is nothing but a big lie. Thirty-three years have passed but farmers remain landless. There is still no justice and genuine peace.
In a statement, the Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura said that peasant killings has intensified under the Duterte regime, which recorded a total of 244 victims. Farmers also suffer from hunger due to the Rice Liberalization Law. According to the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon-Nueva Ecija, farmers suffer from low palay prices and are left with almost no income due to the said law.