KARAPATAN investigates harassment of Toledo farmers

Farmer activists in Toledo City are crying foul over the series of harassment they were allegedly subjected to by suspected members of the 78th Infantry Battalion.

Members of the United Farmers of Toledo (UFAT), an affiliate of Kilusang Magsasaka ng Pilipinas-Cebu, complained that since March 16, 2012 soldiers have been ransacking their homes, conducting forced surveys and illegal interrogation, especially in Brgys. Magdugo and Bunga.

KARAPATAN has condemned these abuses as part of the government’s militarist program Oplan BAYANIHAN, which the group claimed is a rehash of Gloria Arroyo’s notorious Oplan Bantay Laya.

The group has dispatched a three-day Fact-Finding Mission in Toledo this morning (16 April, 2012) to assist the victims. The Mission will also cover parts of militarized areas of Aloguinsan and Pinamungajan towns in southwestern Cebu.

Aside from human rights organizations, clerics from various religious congregations also participated in.###

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