Robin Padilla visits Kidapawan City after farmers’ rally

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Robin Padilla visits Kidapawan City after farmers’ rally
Robin visits Kidapawan City, where a farmers' protest turns violent following dispersal efforts by local police

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Robin Padilla made his way to Kidapawan City, the site of a farmers’ protest where at least two people were killed and 116 others injured. 

According to Kilab Multimedia, Robin visited the area Saturday, April 2, to meet the protesting farmers. He later visited a warehouse, where he bought 200 sacks of rice to give away.

Robin posted this on his Instagram, with lyrics to Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”:


 

Ang mga magsasaka ng Inangbayan Pilipinas pinagbabaril sa kanilang mapayapang paghingi ng tulong sa kanilang gobyerno…,” he wrote. 

(Farmers of the Philippines, our Motherland, were shot as they peacefully asked for help from their government.) 


 

Ang pag-aaklas ng mga uring walang lupa o naagawan ng lupa laban sa mga uring nagmamay ari ng lupa at makapangyarihan ay nagdudulot lamang ng mas lalong kahirapan sa mga magsasaka sapagkat ang mga nakikibaka ay Anak ng magsasaka at ang nanghuhuli sa kanila ay Anak din ng magsasaka kayat sa katapusan ng lahat ang nagwagi ay ang mga Haciendero at ang nawalan ay ang mga maglulupa – Luis Taruc Ang sumunod na Supremo ng rebolusyon pagkatapos ni Andres Bonifacio,” he captioned a second post. 

(The revolt of the landless, or those whose land was taken from them, against land-owners and the powerful brings about more poverty to these farmers, because those who are fighting are children of farmers, and those who arrest them are also children of farmers. So in the end, the victors are the hacienderos, and the losers are those who tend those lands. – Luis Taruc, the next Supremo of the revolution after Andres Bonifacio.) 

 

Robin’s wife Mariel Padilla posted that Robin was in the area to meet the farmers and their families in Kidapawan City. 


 

Protests began last Wednesday, March 30, as thousands of protesters blocked the Davao-Cotabato Highway to demand assistance from the government following adverse effects of a recent drought in the area. Protesters barricaded the major thoroughfare to demand the release of 15,000 sacks of rice from the government.

Violence escalated as gunshots were fired and rocks were hurled into the air during a scuffle between police and demonstrators, as authorities tried to disperse the group on Friday, according to an Agence France-Presse photographer on the scene.

Malacañang has promised an “impartial and thorough investigation” of the incident.  – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

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