Luisita farm workers to lead 3-day protest march

SOME 500 Hacienda Luisita farm workers belonging to United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU) and Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid ng Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) will lead the three-day Lakbayan ng Magsasaka at Anakpawis para sa Lupa at Katarungan beginning Oct. 18.

The marchers will go to Mendiola Bridge in Manila for a big rally on Oct. 21, according to Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas(KMP), the main organizer of the protest action.

In a press conference, KMP secretary general Danilo Ramos, and Joseph Canlas, chairperson of Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid ng Gitnang Luzon (AMGL) announced the conduct of the three-day march from Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon regions beginning October 18.

Axel Pinpin, secretary general of Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid ng TimogKatagalugan (Kasama-TK), said more than 1,000 farmers, fisherfolk and indigenous people from Southern Tagalog provinces will join the long march that will start in Calamba on Oct.18.

Pinpin said the long march to Manila will banner a large effigy of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. “The effigy of Aquino, which will be shown to the public, is both a political statement that Noynoy is the chief of the landlord-dominated republic and the No.1 puppet of Washington D.C. in Asia,” he said.    D’Jay Lazaro

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