Farmers hope Duterte will keep promises
LUCENA CITY, Philippines—On the eve of the feast of San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers, a group in Quezon province said that future celebrations would be more meaningful if presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte would fulfill his campaign promise to uplift their lives.
“Though we celebrate San Isidro’s fiesta with a Holy Mass and a gathering of relatives and friends, we still feel the troubling emptiness,” Maribel Luzara, leader of the farmers’ group, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bondoc Peninsula, told the Inquirer on Saturday.
She said like most Filipino farmers, they continued to struggle to own a piece of land to till through the government’s land reform program and for the return of the multibillion-peso coconut levy fund to the farmers.
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