ANGELES CITY -- Farmers belonging to different organizations in Central Luzon are calling for a genuine land reform and the ousting of President Benigno Aquino III.
The group made the call as they launch a caravan dubbed SAKBAYAN 2015 here Monday.
Coming from the provinces of Central Luzon, the farmers converge at Plaza Miranda for the kick-off of SAKBAYAN.
The farmers will proceed to Hacienda Dolores, where the Ayala Land Inc. is set to construct the Alviera residences.
After the protest at the Alviera residences, the caravan will proceed to the regional office of the Department of Agrarian Reform to condemn the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
The group will also stop at the Department of Agriculture regional office, Registry of Deeds, and Camp Olivas.
Local mass struggles of farmers of Hacienda Luisita, owned by the ojuangco-Aquino clan, and Clark Green City will be highlighted in the said caravan.
"We do not expect the reactionary government, filled with landlords and compradors to implement genuine agrarian reform. The victory of this struggle for land reform lies st the strength of mass movements," said Joseph Canlas, chairperson of Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid ng Gitnang Luson (AMGL).
Canlas claimed that the people's assertion of rights has brought victories, especially in areas where landlords are most oppressive.
In Hacienda Luisita and Hacienda Dolores, peasants have stood for their rights and occupied the lands in spite of threats from the landlord's hired men, according to him.
After the regional protest on June 8, the caravan will move to the House of Representatives where they will be staying until Congress adjourns session on June 10.