Duterte to give 15K sacks of rice demanded by farmers from N. Cotabato gov't - report

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is willing to give 15,000 sacks of rice demanded by farmers from the North Cotabato government, a report said.

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On March 30, nearly 5,000 farmers blocked the national highway in Kidapawan City with a human barricade.

The rallyists, all members of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), demanded rice and financial subsidy. They also asked for free vegetable seedlings and the increase in the prices of agricultural products among other demands.

Two days later, a violent dispersal left two protesters dead and several others wounded. According to the Kabataan Partylist, cops opened fire at the farmers. On the other hand, the Philippine National Police said two of its officers were in critical condition after the clash.

In a video posted by the Kidapawan City Facebook page, Duterte expressed willingness to help the victims of the so-called Kidapawan massacre. The mayor said, however, that he still needs to ask for the approval of the Davao City council for the release of the calamity funds to be used for the food assistance.

The presidential candidate strongly condemned the attack.


Duterte to give 15,000 sacks of rice demanded by North Cotabato Farmers(c) Video: Ben Jason Tesiorna

Posted by Kidapawan City on Friday, April 1, 2016