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Farmers and peasants hit Aquino for anti-poor policies and programs

ANGLES CITY,  Pampanga --- Farmers and peasant groups in central Luzon denounced the anti-land reform policies of President Aquino on Wednesday and said he was the cause of their continuing state of poverty. The Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) and the Anakpawis Party-list said they are marking the World Food Day of the United Nations as World “Hunger” Day. “World Food Day is celebrated here. Ironically, Aquino’s programs ... are direct threats to the country’s food security,” said Joseph Canlas, AMGL chairperson. The aMGL and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) held a rally outside the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City on Tuesday to protest the “systematic hunger” in the country. The protesters blamed the anti-farmer programs of the Aquino administration as the cause of their hunger. They listed these programs as the Comprehensive Reform Program, the Public-Private Partnership and liberalization of agriculture, mining, and land-use conversion. “The conversions of productive agricultural lands to other unproductive uses, like Aquino’s anti-land reform policies at Hacienda Luisita ...pose a real danger to farmers and other sectors because it undermines our food security,” Canlas said.
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