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October 24, 2017
The newly formed coalition of Agrarian reform and peasant advocates, CLAMOR, formed by farmers, agricultural workers, rural women, fisherfolk, workers and indigenous peoples, together with church-people and religious, non-government organizations, artists and other rural development supporters will gather on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 for a concelebrated mass at 10 a.m. to show support and welcome the Pambansang Lakbay Magsasaka, a nationally coordinated peasant led mobilization in Manila.
The Coalition for Land, Against Martial Law and Oppression (CLAMOR) launched on October 19, 2017 in CBCP Intramuros, in its basis of unity, has committed to work in solidarity for land distribution to tillers, to stop the killings of farmers as well as other extra judicial killings, and to resist the tyrannical acts of the present government and its impending declaration of Martial Law throughout the country.
Event is in coordination with UST-SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office which is tasked “to develop, implement, and manage the University Community Development Program (UCDP) towards the University’s mission of “generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.”
The term Simbahayan is a combination of the words “Simbahan, Bayan, and Tahanan,”
“It is our urgent call to stop the continuing peasant killings and extrajudicial killings and demand the free distribution of land to the farmers. To date, according to Karapatan, a human rights group, 91 farmers have been killed since President Duterte assume his presidency, most of our leaders who fought for their right to land has been subjected to this political harassments and killings”, said KMP Chair, Danilo Ramos, one of the convenors of CLAMOR.
Mass will be followed by a short program and solidarity lunch at 11:00 a.m. with the farmers and peasant advocates. Mass will be held in SANTISSIMO ROSARIO PARISH CHURCH in University of Sto. Tomas (UST).
The mass will be attended by convenors of the said coalition, farmer representatives from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, academes, religious, students of UST, peoples organizations and other peasant advocates. The mass will be led by the MOST REV. DEOGRACIAS S. IÑIGUEZ, JR., D. as its main celebrant, and concelebrated by Bishop Pabillo, : Fr. Teody Holgado, CSsR, Fr. Oliver Castor, CSsR, and Fr. Edwin Gariguez of CBCP-NASSA.
CLAMOR is convened by the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Actions (NASSA), Archdiocese of Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Pagkakaisa para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo, United Churches of Christ in the Philippines, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, ARISE, Stop the Killings Network, Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Bulacan, Task Force Mapalad,