International Day of the Landless. Peasants gathered in front of the Department of Agriculture in Metro Manila in commemoration of the International Day of the Landless on March 29. Globally, about 800 million peasants do not own land due to the absence of genuine land reform and because of neoliberal policies driving land grabbing and plunder by imperialist companies of their farm fields, fishing waters and ancestral land. Farmers also held mobilizations in Panay, Bicol and Lupang Ramos in Cavite.
Negros detainees fast. Political detainees in Negros observed a day of fasting on March 30 to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the “Oplan Sauron 2” and call for justice for its victims. On March 30, 2019, 14 peasants were killed by the police and military in Canlaon, Manjuyod and Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental after they were maliciously associated with the armed movement.
Address jeepney drivers’ concerns. In Cebu, Piston-Cebu member-drivers protested on March 31 to call for the resignation of LTFRB-7 Regional Director Eduardo Montealto because of his inaction on the issue of jeepney phaseout.
Defend the North. Indigenous people’s groups and human rights defenders from Northern Luzon trooped to state agencies in Metro Manila from March 20-21. They demanded the junking of trumped-up cases against seven activists known as the NL7, called for a stop to the bombing of civilian communities and other human rights violations in the North.
Youth against ROTC and tuition increase. Simultaneous protests were held by youth groups in eight schools on March 24 to oppose the proposed mandatory ROTC of the Marcos II regime. The youth also expressed their opposition to the impending tuition fee and other fees increase in private universities. Youth groups from the Far Eastern University, Univerity of Sto. Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the East and other schools in Metro Manila took part.
Oppose privatization of CENECO. Employees and consumers of the Central Negros Energy Cooperative protested in Bacolod City on April 4 to reject the privatization of electric services. They said that it will cause the increase of electricity fees and unreliable service similar to what happened with the Bacolod City Water District.