Mayor denounces killing of peasant leaders in Isabela, Nueva Ecija

MANILA — Angeles City Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan on Friday strongly condemned the recent killings of peasant leaders in the provinces of Isabela and Nueva Ecija.

“As the adviser of the GPH (Government of the Philippines) Peace Panel representing local government units and as president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, I am condemning the recent killings of peasant leaders in Isabela and Nueva Ecija,” Pamintuan said.

He said a “thorough and no-nonsense” investigation must be conducted by the local police and by the concerned regional directors of the Department of Agrarian Reform, and criminal charges must be filed against the perpetrators of these crimes.

“I also call on all local government officials in the said provinces to take serious actions and use the powers given to them by law to stop the perpetrators in their evil design of taking over the farmers’ land. They should not wait for the government peace panel to look into these reports. They should act now if there is evidence and reasonable ground,” he added.

He said it is “precisely the issue of land that is the central mobilizing force” of the almost five-decade armed revolution in the countryside.

The Duterte administration, he said, is determined to solve this central issue and other socioeconomic and political concerns to achieve a just and lasting peace in the country. PNA/