April 8, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Superstar actress Nora Aunor today joined hundreds in a protest action in Manila, calling justice for Kidapawan farmers violently dispersed by police forces last week.
The actress marched side by side with the leaders and members of various multi-sectoral groups from Plaza Miranda to the foot of Mendiola Bridge.
“Kaisa ninyo ako sa laban na ito,” the actress said during the program in Mendiola.
“Ako po ay galit na galit din. Ako ay namimighati rin,” she added.
Aunor called on government officials involved in the dispersal to just step down from their positions.
“Dapat bumaba na sila dahil wala naman silang nagagawang kabutihan para sa mamamayan lalo na sa mga taong mahihirap,” she said.
“Nag-masaker pa sila ng mga taong walang ibang kahilingan kung hindi bigas,” she added.
Aside from Aunor, singer-actress Monique Wilson and members of militant groups Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Anakpawis, and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) also joined the march.
In her speech, Wilson lambasted President Aquino for remaining silent on the issue.
The protest action is part of the Global Day of Action for Food, Land and Justice launched by progressive groups to mark the first week of the bloody dispersal.
Last April 1, over 4,000 farmers in North Cotabato demanded for government assistance after drought hit their farms.
But instead of delivering aid, police stormed the protesters’ barricade in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato and opened fire, killing two persons and wounding more than 40 others.