[Blueboard] Sumilao farmers ask for our continued vigilance as the 4th Nego with San Miguel resumes on Wednesday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan slb at admu.edu.ph
Fri Mar 7 11:12:19 PHT 2008

(Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied)


The Sumilao Farmers had been suffering for more than 12 years in fighting to regain their 144 hectares of ancestral land in Sumilao, Bukidnon.


In spite of the legal and moral clarity of the case of the Sumilao Farmers and the promise of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last December 2007 to finally give back their land, no significant progress has happened. Up to now, the words of President Arroyo to finally resolve and return the 144 hectares to the rightful Sumilao owners remain to be an empty promise.


Even with the ongoing negotiations between the Church Task Force on Sumilao and San Miguel Corporation, no document has been released to-date to particularly identify SALFA and MAPALAD as the rightful beneficiaries while fast tracking its own air-conditioned piggery inside the 144 hectares.


On Wednesday, March 12, 2008, the 4th round of negotiations will resume. We are closely monitoring the said negotiation and the actions of San Miguel Corporation and the government. We pray that the government and San Miguel Corporation will have the resolve to finally put an end to the sufferings of our farmer-brothers and sisters from Sumilao by making good of their promises.


If nothing concrete favoring the aggrieved Sumilao Farmers will come out of this negotiation, the 144 Sumilao Farmers together with the various Church-based organizations, colleges, universities, schools, non-government organizations and people's organizations have long been prepared to launch the following campaigns: 


1) Continuous March around Malacanang Palace

2) Boycott of All San Miguel Products (especially Monterey Products), 


Please send this information to all people you know as a concrete expression of our continuous vigilance in Support of the Sumilao farmers. We hope to circulate this email to 144,000 people. 


May this be our clear message both to San Miguel Corporation and to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that we will never grow weary of our loving support for the Sumilao Farmers in their fight for social justice. 


Manalangin.  Manindigan.  Makialam.


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