While the rest of the farmers headed to the rice fields, three-month-old pregnant Noralyn Galan was advised by her husband Rafael to stay home. But Noralyn couldn’t stand being away. She had to go and help. June 22, 2007 was no ordinary day. Prevented by security guards from tilling their lands on account of an allegedly “expired” lease agreement with the Central Mindanao University (CMU), farmers have been living on virtually empty stomachs for the last three months. Finally, they decided, their hunger was greater than their fear. After finishing household chores, Noralyn, 33, hurried to a scene she had already anticipated. Thirty CMU security guards, armed with shotguns and M- 16 rifles, circled around 200 farmers weeding and cultivating the land. Since 9 a.m., leaders of the group Buffalo-Tamaraw-Limus or BTL (Bukidnon Free Farmers and Agricultural Laborers Association- Tried Agricultural Movers Association of Rural Active Workers-Landless Inhabitants of Musuan) have been negotiating with the CMU administration, local police, and the vice-mayor. It was past noon and some of the farmers had started eating packed lunches.
|Authors:||Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific|
|Publisher:||Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific|
|Appears in Sub-Collections:||Land grabbing|
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