By BicolToday.com News Team
DAVAO CITY – The Assumption College of Davao (ACD), one of the known private and Catholic schools in Davao City on Monday April 4, 2016, declared its strong condemnation on the carnage in Kidapawan last Friday April 1, 2015 that killed 3 farmers and wounded 116.
In an official statement, the Catholic school said that the vicious dispersal by the police force was unnecessary and unwarranted since all that the farmers are demanding from the government was immediate relief from the adverse effects of the drought brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.
About 6,000 farmers had blocked the Cotabato-Davao highway, demanding the promised rice and food aid, seeds and agricultural subsidy for their farm communities by their Local Government Unit.
ACD denounced the police actions last Friday as “atrocious and inhumane which smack lack of compassion to the plight of the farmers”. According to them, “Hungry farmers and peasants do not deserved to be killed”.
The Catholic school expressed its strong stance against the use of state violence on unarmed civilians by police officers.
They criticized such violence as gross transgression of human rights and warrants the highest form of indignation.
“The uncivilized attacks and unnecessary sacrifices would not have happened if the government and the authorities concerned responded well”, they added.
The school calls on all people to donate rice and other relief goods directly to the farmers in North Cotabato and other Mindanao areas severely hit by El Nino, even as they also express their stance to continue demand for justice for the victims of the Kidapawan carnage.
The City Government of Davao promised to give 15,000 sacks of rice from its own funds and from the private contribution of its constituencies. (with reports from Kilabalita)