Defend Ronnie Manalo, Stop the Attacks against Peasant Leaders!

June 23, 2024

The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) stands in solidarity with Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Secretary General Ronnie Manalo and condemns the continuing militarization and attacks on peasant communities. 

According to an alert released by KMP, elements of the 80th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army (IBPA) and Philippine National Police – Special Action Forces (PNP-SAF) were reported to have forcefully entered Manalo’s house around 7:00 AM on 18 June 2024 and planted firearms to fabricate evidence against him.

Manalo is a peasant leader actively involved in the struggles of farmers in San Jose Del Monte City (SJDM) against land grabbing oligarchs such as businessman and First Family-in-law Gregorio “Greggy” Araneta III as well as the Ayalas, Villars, and Sy. They eye the SJDM farmlands and are attempting to evict the farmers to make way for various commercial projects.

Opposing SJDM farmers have been repeatedly harassed by state forces and the private security of Araneta. Manalo has previously been a victim of red-tagging and vilification by the military and police. These attacks reflect the shrinking civic spaces in the country. Red tagging persists despite the recent Supreme Court decision declaring it as threat to one’s life.

As with other Filipino farmers, the farmers of SJDM have been fighting for their land and rights, for which they have been targets of political repression. The 79 year continuing struggle of farmers to own land and demand support for their livelihoods is just. Continued attempts to displace them and dispossess them of the land they till contribute to the Filipino people’s food insecurity as well.

CPDG joins KMP in calling for the immediate demilitarization of peasant communities and for the government to decisively address the long-standing issue of landlessness, poverty and hunger. The state must uphold social justice for the farmers long denied of their right to land and development.

#Landtothetillers

#PeopleEconomics

#EndRedTagging

KMP related statements here:

URGENT ALERT ON RAID AND FORCIBLE ENTRY https://www.facebook.com/kilusangmagbubukid/posts/pfbid025YuDRsL3Wk6QHG6dBaGeitgY1gDrJiP5DiG15NFAnVYDx3Nyk6GBxQm2jBGgTEPql

URGENT ALERT ON ILLEGAL DEMOLITION

https://www.facebook.com/share/p/HvXD8bF5sFtVknSX

https://www.facebook.com/share/v/mxdsBDVpdZRJJQB1

https://www.facebook.com/share/v/agqvfvkQmHG5q5KM

ALERT ON MILITARIZATION AND STATE HARASSMENT

https://www.facebook.com/share/p/Sz4YYkHT3M6rYfVL

https://www.facebook.com/share/p/ye9dXpCGH4h6Jm41