Filipino farmers protest Thursday, October 14, 2010 outside the main office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Manila. (Photos by Jimmy Domingo)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 14, 2010) – Disgruntled Filipino farmers held a noise barrage Thursday in front of the Department of Agrarian headquarters in Quezon City and demanded that government accord them their rights to own lands they till.
Most of the farmers are beneficiaries from the 61-hectare former property of the Teves family in Negros Oriental province. They demanded that Agrarian Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes fulfill his promise to reinstall them from the land now occupied by the Teves family.
They said Delos Reyes promised them that they would be reinstalled after a 15-day study period to process their earlier demand had lapsed.
The farmers are locked in bitter land dispute with the Teves family they alleged had driven them out in 2008 despite the land awarded to them under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in the 1990s. (With a report from Jimmy Domingo)