COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Hundreds of farmer protesters blocked portions of the Koronadal–General Santos highway preventing all kinds of vehicles from passing through on Sunday, April 24, as they pressed the government to give them rice.
The farmers who have been demanding rice subsidy from the government formed a human barricade, starting at around 9 am Sunday, dxOM-AM Radyo Bida reported.
With placards that say “bugas, dili bala” (rice, not bullets), the protesters also demanded justice for the protesting farmers killed in Kidapawan City last April 1.
Domingo Azures, speaking for rally organizer Anak Pawis, earlier vowed the farmers will not duplicate the Kidapawan experience where a major highway was blocked.
It was not clear at this time what forced the farmers to occupy the highway, two days after staying in the main entrance of the SOCCSKSARGEN regional center in Barangay Carpenter Hills. – Ferdinandh Cabrera / Rappler.com
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