Bishop, farmers urge Aquino to prove his vow

A Catholic Bishop together with the marched farmers has urged President Benigno Aquino III to face them and prove his words on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Aquino said he is committed to implement the CARP law that is why he acquired the request of the Catholic Bishops and farmers from different parts of the country to have a dialogue with the Palace, however, the President is outside of the country during the dialogue.

“We want him [President] to listen to our sentiments, to feel the emotion of the poor people -of the farmers. We don’t even don’t know if our calls will deliver accurately to him because the people around him are not poor, they are rich…they do not know the emotion and feelings of these land victims,” said Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

He also challenged the President to prove his sincerity by completing the CARP before year 2012 ends.

“Farmers are hoping that the palace will listen on their sentiments and immediate needs -their land and the completion of CARP,” Pabillo added

The Chairman of the National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace is also asking for another land reform dialogue in Malacañang, but with President Benigno Aquino III himself, not with the cabinet secretaries.

“Farmers are descent and disciplined people, give them justice and their rights to live in their own land,” Pabillo was quoted as saying in Nassa’s officite site.

The latter together with the marched farmers has an initial dialogue today, June 8 with Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes.

The cabinet secretaries, in behalf of Aquino have attended the concerns of the farmers most specifically on the CARP issues.

Aquino has left for a seven-day foreign investment visit in UK and US.

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