“Justice for the victims of the Sagay Massacre! Justice for the victims of extra-judicial killings!”
This is what about 1,000 Negrenses repeatedly chanted at an indignation protest for the ‘Sagay 9’ massacre held at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City yesterday.
The protesters called for justice for the nine sugarcane workers shot dead in a plantation in Sagay City Saturday.
The victims, all members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers, were identified as Eglicerio Villegas, 36, Angelife Dumaguit Arsenal, 47, Paterno Baron, 48, Rene Laurencio Sr., 53, Morena Mendoza, 48, Marcelina Dumaguit, 60, Rommel Bantigue, 41, Jomarie Ughayon, 17, Marchtel Sumicad, 17, all of Sagay City.
The NFSW, the Negros chapters of progressive groups Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap, North Negros Human Rights Advocates, Kabataan Partylist, and Anakpawis Partylist, as well as peasant groups Amihan Peasant Women, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, and the Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, participated in the protest.
Aside from justice, the protesters called for the immediate implementation of a “genuine” land reform, among others.
During a short program, some representatives gave condemnation speeches and cultural presentations.
Before the program at the FOJ, the group converged at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and marched to the Department of Agrarian Reform-Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Office at San Sebastian Steet in Dawis for a noise barrage.
There are so many stagnant and unsolved cases under their agency, and we don’t want more farmers dying without receiving justice, BAYAN Secretary-General, Michael Dela Concepcion, said.
He added that they will be back at the DAR-PARPO in the following weeks to continue their protest and call for action.
The protesters will also welcome President Rodrigo Duterte upon his arrival in the province today.
The president is set to fly to Sagay City before noon to be at the wake for the sugarcane workers and to personally express his sympathy to their families.*
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