Lowlanders reveal inggit for Mangyans; Piñol sees discrimination
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol assured people in Mindoro that government will also help them with their farming needs after some complained that Mangyans have already received from government before.
Piñol visited Mindoro last week with the top officials of the department—five of its undersecretaries and all its assistant securities.
Piñol had a meeting with the Mangyans of Pola, Oriental Mindoro after which he instructed the DA’s Mimaropa office to: open 11 farms roads; construct 11 water cum irrigation systems complete with pipes in 11 Mangyan communities; grant scholarships to all Mangyan kids who would like to study agriculture under the ACEF program; build the training center and immediately start the training program; and, assist them in the marketing of their products especially calamansi.
“Through all of the activity which ended shortly before midnight, I smelled the odious stench of discrimination and heard derisive murmurings,” Piñol said.
On his Facebook page, Piñol narrated the incident:
“Huh, nabigyan na yan sila noon,” I heard one local official say.
Another, a Christian stood up to complain: “Bakit sila lang? Paano kaming mga Kristyano?”
I had to assure her that there is enough for everybody but that the night belonged to the Mangyans.
“Perhaps, the most brazen display of discrimination against the Mangyans was the absence of the Mayor of Pola town himself who, Vice Mayor Ina Alegre said, left for a vacation in Hongkong,” Piñol added.