The farmers’ story is featured in “Lupang Hinarang,” a documentary film in two parts by multi-awarded independent filmmaker, Ditsi Carolino.
BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/14 February) – If Nanay Gilda San-ajan had not joined the team from Sumilao, Bukidnon, everyone would have understood.
After all, this mother of six and grandma to 24, a veteran of two major protest actions – the 28-day hunger strike outside the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Quezon City in 1997 and the long march (1,700 kilometers in 60 days) from Sumilao, Bukidnon to Malacanang and DAR from October to December 2007 – deserves to take it easy and let the others, the younger ones take over.
Pangandaman said he foresees Malacanang denying the motion for reconsideration SMFI is filing on the President’s order revoking the conversion of the land from agro-industrial to agricultural.
SUMILAO, Bukidnon (MindaNews / January 11) – An irate woman farmer who joined the long walk from here to Malacanang in Manila dared President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to visit the controversial farm here.
"Maybe its time for the President to be the one to come to us?" Linda Ligmon, one of the Sumilao farmers who walked to Manila, told the general assembly of the group here Friday.
“It's always the farmers who go to Manila to appeal their case,” she said.
But Sumilao farmers are not celebrating, and vowed to continue their struggle until they finally occupy the land.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 November) -- Despite claims it is cash-strapped in as far as the distribution of more lands under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program is concerned, the Department of Agrarian Reform said it has funds for the planned relocation of its central office from Quezon City to Davao City.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Nov) – Militant party-list groups have filed a “genuine agrarian reform bill” that would replace the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program of 1988 whose land distribution ends next year.