For me, this used to represent all that was good with Philippine Business. Not anymore. Now, it’s a symbol of corporate greed and rapaciousness… a BADGE OF SHAME.
Mahilig daw kumampi ang mga Pinoy sa “underdog” ng anumang laban — boksing man o pulitika… pero itong Sumilao Farmers vs. San Miguel Corporation na laban e hataw ang dating!
In one corner we find some 160 Higaonon farmer-beneficiaries of Sumilao, Bukidnon, 50 of whom made a 2-month, 1,700 kilometer trek to Manila to press their claims directly with the DAR. They are still camped out at the gates of DAR, living on donations from sympathetic organizations and individuals, their fates still hanging on the edge…
The Prize: 144 hectares of farmland in Sumilao. Land that San Miguel intends to transform into a Hog Farm.
The Referee: DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, who only recently gave us a demonstration of just how effective he was at being ineffective.
So… what are the odds of this case ending in favor of the Sumilao Farmers?
Kung baga sa sabong… dehado! Pero, ika nga ng mga mahihilig magsugal, “ala-ey, paminsan-minsan e nasisilat din naman yung liyamado!”
Halina’t gawan natin ng paraan para masilat ng mga Magsasaka ng Sumilao ang San Miguel Corporation! Let’s make sure that the underdogs win for a change!
Let us support the Sumilao Farmers during this crucial stage of their struggle! Sa mga malapit lang sa Quezon City ang bahay, donations of food are always welcome, as are prayers, medicines, blankets, water and other necessities. Signing the ONLINE PETITION will also help a lot.
Sa mga nasa malayong lugar naman, donations in cash can be made to the following account:
Banco de Oro Katipunan, Q.C.
Savings Account – 3570013841
Think of it this way… if SMC loses the case, they lose 1 Hog Farm.
If the Sumilao Farmers lose the case, they lose not only their lands (their only means to achieve a semblance of a decent life) but also what little faith they have left in this government’s claim of always looking after the interests of its poorest citizens.