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Religious leaders and landless farmers marching for the passage of HB 4296. Photo by Task Force Mapalad (TFM).

Religious leaders and landless farmers marching for the passage of HB 4296. Photo by Task Force Mapalad (TFM).

Religious leaders and farmers declare ‘no-vote’ for the Visayan landlord-politicians in the Congress in 2016

  Saturday October 22, 2016   ,

“The injustice that you have done to our landless peasants will be translated to the poor and the pro-poor Church’s no vote in 2016.”

The above statement was the testimonial of Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, together with the landless farmers, against the Congress Visayan bloc lawmakers during a march on 18 September led by SULONG CARPER and Task Force Mapalad (TFM).

The march was to call for the passage of House Bill 4296[1] which is still pending in the House of Representatives due to the amendments of politicians in the Visayan bloc allegedly to keep control over large tracts of lands that should have long been distributed to the farmers – despite the Bill’s passage in the Senate.

Bishop Pabillo, who also chairs the Permanent Committee on Public Affairs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), highlighted the broken promises of these politicians of uplifting the lives of the poor. “We will remember what you did to our poor and oppressed farmers that’s why they still don’t have land up to now,” he says.

Likewise, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma urged President Benigno Aquino III not to abandon his responsibility to complete the agrarian reform which, his mother, President Corazon Aquino, started.

[1] House Bill 4296 will complete the land acquisition and distribution component of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) which has expired last June 2014.

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