Duterte distributes lands to 5,624 farmers in North Cotabato

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers speech during the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) to beneficiaries

Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday distributed 9,000 hectares of land to landless farmers from across North Cotabato province as he urged them to refrain from being persuaded by communist rebels.

The president gave a total of 5,624 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to beneficiaries through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, or CARP, at a ceremony at the provincial capitol in Barangay Amas.

The farmers who received the CLOA are from North Cotabato’s 17 municipalities and from the more than 40 barangays in the provincial capital of Kidapawan City.

The chief executive in his speech again lambasted the New People’s Army for allegedly encouraging the farmers to join their rebellion against the government.

“Bakit kayo makinig sa mga komunista? Bakit kayo makinig kay Sison (Why do you have to listen to communists? Why do you have to listen to Sison)?Duterte said referring to Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison.

He also pointed out that though he agreed he Red’s efforts to push for land reform, he did not agree with pushing for peace talks without them laying down their arms.

“Sang-ayon kami sa land reform ninyo. Sang-ayon ako sa mga bagay, social justice. Pero huwag ninyong ipadaan sa armed struggle (I agree with your efforts to push for land reform. I agree with some things like social justice. But don’t settle this through armed struggle),” the president said

He announced that he asked Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones to prioritize placing government lands in Quezon, Bicol, and Negros under land reform.

“I-land reform mo lahat ang gobyernong lupa bago ako matapos pagka-Presidente (Distribute all government lands before my term ends),” Duterte said.

Source: PNA, Philstar

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