Lakbay Paraoma: PNP blocks convoy of Bicolano farmers joining peasant protest caravan

By Baretang Bikolnon Staff

PAGBILAO, QUEZON – The Provincial Public Safety Company 6th Maneuver Platoon of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here blocked the protest caravan of farmers from Bicol bound for Manila.

The convoy of farmers onboard 28 buses, one jeep and a van was flagged down at around 7:30 pm this evening led by Major Morillo in Barangay Talipan, Pagbilao in Quezon province.

Among those in the convoy is the vehicle of Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao who joined the peasant caravan from Bicol to Manila.

Police Officer Manggad Jr. ticketed all the drivers of the 28 buses for the violation of not wearing seatbelt after PNP checked each buses.

Two bus drivers already signed the ticket with a fine of 5,000 pesos each while the others refused since most of them are wearing seatbelt.

Bus driver Dude Villareal admitted that he was not wearing a seatbelt but he believed it was a form of harassment and derailment of the protest caravan.

Villareal added he does not have the capacity to pay 5,000 pesos and he even sacrificed his family for the caravan of farmers till October 25.

According to Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, it was a clear attempt to derail the nationwide protest caravan of farmers and PNP wanted them not to proceed in Manila and not to sustain the scheduled protest caravan.

“We will continue to fight for the rights of the farmers . It is not new that PNP will always find ways such as issuing bogus violations to silence the protesters,” Bert Author, chairperson of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bicol (KMB-KMP).

KMB decided to spend their dinner in Pagbilao and getting ready for a picket in the said place if aggression continues.

After negotiations and show off great force of farmers, PNP here revoked the issued violation explaining it was a misunderstanding.

Lakbay Paraoma delegates will join the farmers from Mindanao at the protest camp-out at DAR and in protest rally at Mendiola on October 25. .Bicolano farmers will troop to the National Capital Region for the national peasant caravan dubbed as #LakbayMagsasaka. (BaretangBikolnon.com)

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