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Officials accuse outsiders of instigating mass action by North Cotabato peasants

KIDAPAWAN CITY --- The peasant groups that blocked for five days vital stretches of national highways in North Cotabato were instigated by various blocs hostile to Malacanang to deliberately reject offers to address their demands peacefully, officials said on Saturday.The dispersal on Friday of the farmers, whose permit to converge in Kidapawan City was valid only for Monday, resulted to a bloody clash between them and the policemen tasked to dismantle the roadblocks they set on highways crisscrossing the province.Three farmers, Rotello Daelto, Victor Lumandang and Enrico Pabrica, were kill

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3 lives lost, 116 hurt in Kidapawan peaceful rally turned bloody

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Two members of North Cotabato police unitwere in critical condition following the bloody dispersal of farmers Thursday morning.As of 6 a.m. Saturday, based on official information reaching and//www.ndbcnews www.ndbcnews .com.ph, theKidapawan carnage had 116 victims, 23 of them were civilians, 93 police officers, two of them in critical condition.Two farmers were confirmed dead.

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Peaceful protest turns violent, 2 die, dozens hurt

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- A protester was killed while at least 10 farmers were wounded when the local police conducted what they termed was a law enforcement operation against those holding a barricade which made the Makilala-Kidapawan highway close for traffic for at least three days.
Including those wounded was Sheena Duazo of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN). She was hit on head by a stone thrown against her during the dispersal.

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1killed, 33 others hurt as cops disperse farmers' barricade

KIDAPAWAN CITY –- Police authorities serving a dispersal
order to thousands of farmers camping along portions of the national highway were
attack by protesters, turning what was envisioned to be a peaceful dispersal into
bloody encounter that injured both farmers and law enforcers.

However, the commotion left one farmer dead and at least 33
others wounded, including 20 police officers.

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Farmers’ protests continue now block North Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat

KIDAPAWAN CITY --After paralyzing the Makilala-Kidapawan highway for two days, more than 1,000farmerscreated a human chain today along the Makilala-Tulunan-Tacurong City highway, making it impossible for vehicles plying all sides of the roads from passing through.At about5 a.m., more than a thousand farmers, all claimed to be members of the militantKilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas(KMP), marched from their temporary headquarters at the Spottswood Methodist Center here to the Poblacion in Makilala.Immediately, they made a human chain preventing vehicles, both government and privately-owned,

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Women's rights awareness highlights Women's Month celebration in ARMM

COTABTO CITY -–
Awareness of women’s rights highlighted this year’s regional celebration of the
National Women’s Month, an event led by the Regional Human Rights Commission in
the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RHRC-ARMM).

The
celebration was attended by more than 100 participants – mostly women from Datu
Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – and was held at the town's gymnasium on Tuesday.

Atty.
Abdulnasser Badrudin, RHRC-ARMM chairperson, encouraged the participants, to
exercise their rights, and respect other people’s rights too.

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Mendoza dismayed over farmers' protest in Kidapawan

COTABATO
CITY -- North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza expressed dismay by
the gestures of some six thousand protesters who blocked Cotabato-Davao road,
demanding to talk to the governor about their plight on the ill-effects of El
Nino phenomenon.

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Farmers block Kidapawan highway, demand rice, not cloud seeding

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Despite the ‘scorching’ heat, close to 5,000 farmers from the hinterland towns in North Cotabato blocked on Wednesday the national highway here after making a human barricade in both sides of the road.The rallyists, all members of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), started to march from their base at the Spottswood Methodist Center along Quezon Boulevard, this city, along the Landmark or boundary of the city and town of Makilala where they set up a human chain.The chain prevented vehicles plying Davao to Cotabato to pass through the highway.Also, all exits and e

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6th ID to dispose unserviceable explosives in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -- The Army's 6th Infantry Division will dispose today some 300 kilos of explosives, composed of mortars and other high explosive cartridge in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.Capt. Joan Petinglay, speaking for the 6th ID, said the disposal will be carried out by Army bomb disposal units beginning at 7 a.m.

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Small halo-halo store in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat fosters peace among local folks

LEBAK, Sultan Kudarat --- There is a small halo-halo” outlet in Sultan Kudarat’s seaside Lebak town helping sustain almost unnoticeably the solidarity among local Muslim and Christian folks for three decades now.The R.

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