Sugar group lambast EJKs for increasing murders in Negros Oriental
A group of sugar farmers has decried the recent killings of hacienda workers in Negros oriental, blaming the Duterte administration’s inaction amid the spate of extra judicial killings (EJKs).
“We are saddened and deeply feel the anguish of the grieving families of the 4 murdered victims in a statement,” the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) said in a statement. The group also condemned the more recent murder of an NFSW member who was assailed by unknown men carrying M16 rifles.
The NFSW lambasted the President Rodrigo R. Duterte for allowing these murders to pile up, adding that his regime is showing itself to lean towards giant landlords rather than the poor.
“The continuing EJKs and massacres against the sugar workers and poor farmers in Negros since the Spanish period until this day proves the ruthless and fatal realities of the semi-feudal structure of Negros Island – the Sugar bowl of the Philippines,” the group said.
The recent killings added to the 21 victims of EJKs reported in the area since January 2017.