Aiza Seguerra and partner Liza Diño raised funds to help 79 farmers to post bail after they were detained in connection to the bloody Kidapawan incident.
Liza Diño shared on her social media account that with the help of their friends from the industry and other well-meaning supporters, they were able to raise P546,000 to cover for the bail of the farmers, who are now facing criminal charges including illegal assembly and direct assault.
“GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYONE!!! We were able to raise funds to cover the whole amount of 546,000 to bail out our farmers!!!! Thank you LORD!!!” said Diño.
“Most came from artists from the entertainment industry and friends who readily gave their support but there were other groups who donated as well to fulfill the amount. MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT SA TULONG NINYO (Thank you so much for your help)!” the Facebook post read.
The celebrity couple joined other artists and known-personalities like Robin Padilla, Nora Aunor, Monique Wilson, Angel Locsin, Daniel Padilla, and siblings Anne and Jasmin Curtis who threw their support behind the farmers, whose livelihood were heavily affected by the El Niño phenomenon and who staged a rally to demand for more government assistance.
Three people were confirmed dead and hundreds left injured, both from the side of the protesters and the police, after a rally by more than 5,000 farmers and Lumads barricaded a national highway in Kidapawan, Cotabato City on April 1, 2016.
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 police claimed that the demonstrators started the violence by throwing rocks at them.
Diño added that being able to raise funds for bail is just the beginning of seeking justice for the farmers.
“This is only the beginning. Mahaba-haba pa po ang journey na ito. The goal is for all these charges to be dropped at madismiss ang kaso… Wag po tayong bibitaw. Patuloy po nating ipakita ang ating pakikiisa sa kanilang laban upang makamit ang HUSTISYA,” said Diño.
A Kidapawan Municipal Trial court on Wednesday (April 13) has reduced the bail to half from P12,000 to P6,000 after government prosecutors opposed the motion to reduce the bail to P2,000.
Based on reports, at least three women detained are pregnant, and six people are already in their senior years.