Superstar Nora Aunor joined hundreds of others in a condemnation rally in Manila against the bloody dispersal of farmers and Lumads in Kidapawan City.
Nora joined the different groups including Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Anakpawis, and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) in demanding the government to make those responsible for the bloody dispersal be held liable.
During a program staged at the end of the protest march, Nora urged government officials who were responsible for the bloody Kidapawan incident to resign.
Apart from the superstar, singer-actress Monique Wilson also joined the rally. The protesters first heard mass in Quiapo Church and started marching towards Mendiola from Plaza Miranda. They bore placards and streamers that read “Bigas Hindi Bala (Rice Not Bullets)” and “Bigas Hindi Dahas (Rice Not Violence).”
President Benigno Aquino III remains silent regarding the incident and no one has been named responsible for the bloody dispersal yet.
Three people were confirmed dead and hundreds left injured after a rally by more than 5,000 farmers and Lumads barricaded a national highway in Kidapawan, Cotabato City. They were asking for government-aid due to the negative effects of the El Nino on their farmlands.
Different narratives surface in the on-going investigations done by different groups, such as the Philippine National Police and the Commission on Human Rights, as they all look into the details of the Kidapawan dispersal. The protesters alleged that some unidentified policemen fired at them, while the police department argued that gun use in the Kidapawan incident was legitimate.
Nora Aunor joined a number of celebrities like Robin Padilla and other known personalities who demand action from the government in relation to the Kidapawan incident.