Friday, December 07, 2007

Sumilao Update: Metro Manila Leg - Day 4

Somewhat under the weather, Gari Lazaro updated me on the progress of the Sumilao march late last night. After leaving the Ateneo, they were briefly delayed by guards of the University of the Philippines who blocked their march. They then proceeded to the House of Representatives. The House committee on agrarian reform headed by Apayao Rep. Elias Bulut, Jr. hosted them for lunch to discuss how the loopholes in the CARP law can be plugged.

Reps. Hontiveros-Baraquel, Beltran and Velarde also met the group. Archbishop Arguelles led a torch parade at the elliptical road better known as the Quezon Memorial circle. DAR secretary Nasser Pangandaman met the marchers briefly last night and informed them that he is giving them and SMFI three days to submit to his office their position papers. He will be making his decision afterwards.

But justice may still elude the farmers as it seems that even their local government has abandoned them. SMFI and the local government seemed to have sealed the fate of the hapless farmers.

For a complete report on the Sumilao update, you may refer to

What bloggers had to say:

Pedestrian Observer
AWB-Arbet Bernardo: Sumilao Sa Metro Manila
The Equalizer: Boss Danding
The Four-eyed Journal
Oddball by Mayor Jesse Robredo: Sumilao Walk
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