Food security for thee, from the blood and sweat of Tinang 83.
Held captive in targets and unfounded accusations, the farmers and advocates still continue to find hope despite the brutal remarks from the party against them.
The 83 accused were charged with intentional mischief and unlawful assembly after they participated in a ceremonial “Bungkalan” in Hacienda Tinang on June 10 to commemorate the passing of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) law.
Bungkalans have been a common practice as in some ways, it serves as the final recourse outside of the law to claim ownership.
The 83 faces further accusations which include defiance and disobedience, thwarting the administration of justice, and usurping legitimate rights.
In such contexts, the youth and the people involved are in constant criticism of the police as further charges were added and suspicions still grow with the force.
The center of the debate continues with now the 200-hectare plot of land in Hacienda Tinang which was given to the farmers as a part of the government’s agricultural reform.
What more could it lose if the difficulty on food security could get it ensued? What more could it gain when they let them grow their crops and remain?
Incapacitated from the land they already own, once again the most marginalized sectors got overthrown.