Liberal Party Vice Presidential bet Leni Robredo called on both government and non-governmental groups to prioritize the needs of the farmers instead of finger-pointing over the Kidapawan incident.
In a statement, Robredo said: “Huwag muna nating intindihin ang mga akusasyon. Mas mahalaga rito, tugunan ang kanilang [the farmers’] mga hinaing upang maipakitang may ginagawa ang pamahalaan para sa kanila.”
She believes that nothing good will come out from finger-pointing because it will not help the current plight of the farmers who staged a protest along a national highway in North Cotabato to ask for government aid amidst the devastating effects of El Nino to their farmlands.
“Bakit kailangang mangyari? Bakit kailangang may patayan? Bakit kailangang may barilan? Dapat sana hindi. Ang pinakabuod ng problema, marami na tayong kababayan sa Mindanao na naghihirap because of drought. Hinihingi natin sa ating pamahalaan na agad-agad hanapan ng solusyon kasi hanggang hindi naparurusahan iyong mga salarin, hindi rin matatapos iyong pighati ng mga magsasaka,” added Robredo.
Allies in the administration are now on the defensive after the dispersal left at least 2 Farmers dead and injured over a hundred from both the side of the farmers and of the police. Social media erupted with condemnation over the bloody dispersal and netizens even picked on the hashtag “#BigasHindiBala”
The government is already conducting investigations about the bloody dispersal, probing the police and the concerned local government unit. The Commission on Human Rights has already started its own investigations.
Prior to joining politics, Robredo helped farmers and other poor folks through a non-governmental organization of lawyers and the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO). The death of her husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, thrust her into politics and made her win a seat in Congress.
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