Farmers march to Palace; assail bogus land reform

MORE than 2,000 farmers led by the militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today, Independence Day, braved the rains and marched to Mendiola Bridge in Manila to demand genuine land reform to the Aquino administration.

“There is no genuine independence when the Filipino peasantry are still locked in feudal bondage,” says KMP deputy secretary general Willy Marbella.

Marbella said that the continuing monopoly by landlords and foreign agribusinesses of vast tracts of lands belies claims of so-called Philippine independence.

“As long as vast tracts of lands are owned and controlled by big landlords and foreign agribusiness, there is no genuine freedom and democracy,” says Marbella.

The KMP assailed what it described as the government’s bogus Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) as the main culprit in continuing landlessness of Filipino farmers.

“CARP failed to address the growing problem of landlessness. It is simply designed as a market-oriented land reform program to cater the needs of advanced capitalist countries,” he said.

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