31 March 2019

“These killings have to stop. This government should start giving value to life and justice especially to our farmers and their families. When the government is remiss of its duty to relieve them of prevalent hunger and poverty, killing them in the guise of criminality appears to be the next recourse for this administration.”

This was the statement of senatorial bet Lorenzo ‘Erin’ Tañada on the reported death of 14 people in an alleged anti-criminality campaign in Negros Oriental yesterday.

“I condemn the killings of farmers in Negros Oriental in the guise of an anti-criminality campaign. The government is already pushing the farmers more in to poverty with the Rice Tariffication Law. They don’t get the necessary support to improve their income. They are left to fend for themselves when their crops are severely damaged by typhoons, flooding and now drought. Now they are killing them. When will the government give farmers the respect for life and justice they deserve?” according to former Deputy Speaker Tañada.

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(Filipino version)

“Itigil na ang patayan. Bigyan naman sana ng pamahalaan ng halaga ng buhay at hustisya ng ating mga magsasaka at kanilang pamilya. Dahil hindi nabibigyan ng solusyon ang lumalalang gutom at kahirapan sa kanayunan, ang pagpapatayin na lang sila at paratangang mga kriminal ang lumalabas na hakbang ng administrasyon.”

Ito ang pahayag ng senatorial candidate Lorenzo ‘Erin’ Tañada hinggil sa naiulat na pagpatay ng 14 na magsasaka na pinaratangang mga kriminal sa Negros Oriental.

“Hindi makatarungan ang nasabing mga pagpatay ng mga magsasaka. Itinutulak ng pamahalaan ang ating mga kababayang magsasaka sa kahirapan dahil sa maraming maling patakaran tulad ng Rice Tariffication law. Pinabayaan ng pamahalaan ang ating mga magsasaka at kanilang mga pamilya na magutom at mabuhay ng halos walang kita sa kanilang pagsasaka. Tatamaan pa sila ng matinding pagkalugi dahil sa mga kalamidad at ngayon nga ay nakaamba ang drought. Ngayon naman ay pinapatay sila. Kailan bibigyang halaga ng pamahalaan ang buhay at hustisya ng mga magsasaka?” pahayag ni dating Deputy Sepaker Tañada.

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LORENZO ‘ERIN’ TAÑADA is the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. He either authored or pushed for bills that helped improve the working and living conditions of Filipino workers and farmers and their families. These policies include the Peoples’ Survival Fund, Universal Healthcare Act, Condonation of SSS Penalties on Delinquent Contributions, among others. He aspires to champion a nationwide minimum wage standard, the Magna Carta for Workers in the Informal Economy, and the Coco Levy Fund if elected to the Senate.