BTL farmers camp-out in Malaybalay
More than 100 farmers of Buffalo-Tamaraw-Limus (BTL) have been on camp-out in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon for more than a week now. The camp-out commenced on November 27 to demand to Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri the distribution of the 517 hectares of land which they have been tilling for three decades already. The BTL chairperson declared that they will not leave the area until Zubiri addresses their longstanding plight. The group also demanded an end to the harassment and Red-tagging against their group and the demilitarization of their community.
Meanwhile, church people, human rights defenders, and peasants held a mass and candle-lighting ceremony at the Quiapo Church on November 29 for the victims of the massacre in Sagay, Negros Occidental.
On December 4, members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Anakpawis mounted a protest in front of the Department of Justice and filed a complaint against the father of a massacre survivor. They said that the father is being manipulated by the police and military against the farm workers and victims.
In a related news, members of the T’boli Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization protested in front of the military camp in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato after a year of injustice since AFP troopers massacred seven members of their tribe on December 3, 2017. Among those who were killed was their leader, Datu Victor Danyan Sr.