CARRAGA region and Central Luzon
Posted January 18, 2010
■ Launching of Lakbayan 2010 in Mindanao, January 12, 2010
|KMP Secretary General Danilo Ramos, left, and Rep. Rafael Mariano, center, address peasant marchers in Carraga and Tarlac, respectively|
|Photos courtesy of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Anakapwis partylist|
|Lakbayan - CARAGA region, Mindanao|
MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT
FOR THE NATIONAL LAKBAYAN IN THE PHILIPPINES
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
International League of Peoples' Struggle
January 17, 2010
We of the International League of Peoples' Struggle are in firm solidarity with Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines) in the carrying out of the National Lakbayan (caravan and long march) for Land and Justice from the southern and northern regions of the Philippines to the national capital in ten days, from January 12 to 22.
We applaud and congratulate you for resolutely and militantly organizing this unique mass undertaking which traverses more than 1000 kilometers. We are elated that this mass mobilization has started from the south in Davao City on January 12 and from the north in Tarlac city on January 16.
We strongly support the broad masses of the people, especially the peasants, farm workers and fisherfolk, who are involved in this historic event. We eagerly await the convergence of the caravans and long marchers in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform on January 21 and the march to Mendiola, near the presidential palace, on January 22. We agree with all your objectives.
It is just to demand genuine land reform and the free distribution of land to the tillers as the solution to the land problem. Land reform must be realized on the strength of the peasant movement and for the purpose of attaining the economic, social and political liberation of the peasant masses. It must not be limited to the confines of reactionary legislation.
The so-called Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) is essentially intended to dampen the peasant demand for land and preserve the feudal and semifeudal forms of exploitation. As in previous bogus land reform programs, CARPER retains the same loopholes and tricks for the landlords to prevent or evade land reform.
It is necessary to bring to national and international attention the local struggles for land and take up the most outstanding cases of land accumulation and landgrabbing at the expense of the peasants and the farm workers. The people want to know more about the land greed, rapacity and brutality of certain landlord families that dominate the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system.
Two major presidential candidates, Benigno Conjuangco-Aquino III and Gilberto Cojuangco-Teodoro belong to the same big comprador-landlord clan which owns vast haciendas in Tarlac, Pangasinan, Isabela, Negros, Caraga, Palawan and elsewhere in the country. The land question must be in the agenda of the current electoral struggle. The progressive parties and candidates who espouse land reform deserve support.
It is necessary to expose, oppose and frustrate the escalating militarization of the countryside under the Oplan Bantay Laya of the US-Arroyo regime. The gross and systematic human rights violations perpetrated by the regime are instigated and provided with logistics by US imperialism, especially under its policy of global war of terrorism. The official military, police and paramilitary forces collaborate with the private armies and gangs of foreign monopoly enterprises, the big compradors and landlords.
In their struggle against the imperialists and the local reactionaries, the toiling masses of workers and peasants must engage the active support of the middle social strata and middle forces of Philippine society. It is necessary to heighten the unity of the broad masses of the people and intensify their militant struggle against the rotten ruling system and the rapidly worsening socio-economic and political crisis.
We the International League of Peoples' Struggle support the broad masses of the Filipino people in their struggle for national independence and empowerment of the toiling masses, development through national industrialization and land reform, social justice, a national, scientific and mass culture and international solidarity against imperialism and war.
We are determined to coordinate the anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the Filipino people with those of all other peoples of the world in order to help raise to a new and higher level the struggle of humankind for greater freedom, democracy, all-round development, social justice and world peace.###
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Lakbayan Daily Round Up
From text updates from Roy, Gerry, Jim
Prepared by Mao
Day 6 January 17
As of 5 pm
(Camarines Sur) 9:14 am – Lakbayanis start 6th day of Farmers Caravan. On the way to Daet, Camarines Sur, expecting 6 military checkpoints
(Tarlac) 9:34 am – Farmers caravan now leaving Hacienda Luisita
(Camarines Sur) 10:53 am – Lakbayanis just reached Sipocot, Camarines Sur
(Camarines Sur) 11:36 am – Lakbayanis arrive at Camarines Sur, heading to Daet, Camarines Norte
(Pampanga) 11:42 am – Farmers caravan now at the former US Clark Airbase in Pampanga
(Camarines Sur) – 12:21 pm Lakbayanis now at the boundary of Daet, 100 farmers welcome caravan. Total of 21 vehicles and 320 Lakbayanis
(Camarines Sur) – 12:33 pm Lakbayanis stopped for lunch. Farmers from Hacienda Romualdez, Pamplona , Camarines Sur join the caravan
(Camarines Sur) 1:45 pm – Lakbayanis holds rally at the Plaza in Daet
(Pampanga) 2:51 pm – Lakbayanis just arrived at Plaza Miranda, Angeles City. Program ongoing
(Pampanga) 3:18 pm – Almost 200 Lakbayanis from Hacienda Luisita and Pangasinan holds program at Angeles City. 100 more farmers from San Fernando, Pampanga to join the caravan
(Batangas) 3:33 pm – Southern Luzon Lakbayan contingent heads to Lucena City to welcome Bicol-Visayas-Mindanao Lakbayanis
(Batangas) 3:42 pm – Lakbayanis off to Lucena City with welcoming farmers at Calauag Quezon.
Day 5 – January 16 Saturday
8:20 am - (Bicol) Lakbayanis off to Legazpi City, heavy rains failed to stop farmers' march for land and justice
9:31 am – (Bicol) Lakbayanis convoy passed through a PNP checkpoint in Castilla, Sorsogon manned by armalite-toting police and military. KMP’s Ka Daning Ramos and Rep. Joel Maglunsod negotiated.
9:58 am – (Bicol) Lakbayanis stopped in front of the house of KMP Deputy Sec. Gen. Willy Marbella in Daraga, Albay
10:20 am - (Bicol) Farmers' caravan stopped by military led by Lt. Abrero under AFP's 22nd Infantry Batallion in Bgy. Bascaran, Daraga in Albay. Vehicles are being checked one by one.
11:20 am - (Bicol) Lakbayanis and peasants rally in Daraga, Albay
12:02 pm - (Bicol) Lakbayanis and peasants rally in front of Camp Simeon Ola in Legaspi City
2:42 pm - (Bicol) Lakbayanis just arrived in Iriga, joined by more than 1T peasants from Camarines Sur
5:22 pm - (Bicol) Lakbayanis rallied in front of Camp Matillano in Pili town to denounce Oplan Bantay Laya
5:56 pm - (Tarlac) KMP's Antonio Flores declare the start of Lakbayan's North leg at Hacienda Luisita
6:29 pm - (Bicol) Lakbayanis holding torchn parade around Naga City
6:49 pm - (Tarlac) North Luzon contingent of farmers' caravan on their way to Bgy. Balete inside Hacienda Luisita for the solidarity night
7:12 pm - (Bicol) Lakbayanis and peasants are holding solidarity night at Naga City Freedom Park
Day 4 – January 15 Friday
7: 50 am – (Samar) Lakbayanis on board 3 buses off to Catarman from Calbayog, Samar
10:06 am (Samar) Lakbayanis and peasants rally around Catarman
10:36 am (Samar) Lakbayanis taking off from Catarman to sail between Allen, Samar and Matnog, Sorsogon
11:00 am - Lakbayan Update – Total Lakbayan contingent – 92 from Central Visayas, 33 from Eastern Visayas, 4 from national organizations
12:19 pm – (Samar) Lakbayanis accosted an intelligence agent of MIG 8 and turned over to regional PNP
1:12 pm – (Samar) Lakbayanis boarding ship to Matnog, Sorsogon
1:58 pm – (Samar) Lakbayanis just boarded MV Penafrancia bound to Matnog amid high waves and strong winds
4:23 pm – (Sorsogon)Lakbayanis dock at Matnog, waiting to disembark
6:24 pm – (Sorsogon)Lakbayanis off to Sorsogon City. Total contingent – 16 jeeps, 1 truck
7:47 pm – (Sorsogon) Lakbayanis convoy stopped by PNP checkpoint before Sorsogon City. Rep. Joel Maglunsod negotiated. Caravan allowed to proceed.
8:13 pm - (Sorsogon) Lakbayanis reach Sorsogon City
9:11 pm - (Sorsogon) More than 500 Lakbayanis rally around Sorsogon City
Day 3 – January 14 Thursday
4:21 pm (Tacloban) – Lakbayan ongoing. Farmers rally at Dept. of Agrarian Reform regional office
4:25 pm (Tacloban) – Anti-riot police attempted to stop farmers’ protest. KMP Secretary General Ka Daning Ramos invited for a dialogue by DAR Region 8 Director
5:05 pm (Tacloban) – Lakbayanis just passed San Juanico Bridge
7:05 pm (Samar) – Lakbayanis reach Catbalogan, Samar
9:33 pm (Samar) – Lakbayanis subjected to military checkpoint at Calbayog by PNP elements armed with high-powered rifles and M60 machine gun
9:52 pm (Samar) Lakbayanis from Mindanao arrive at Calbayog, met with contingent from Visayas. Total of 135 Lakbayanis supported by 150 peasants from Samar
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