Iglesia Filipina Independiente
1500 Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Pastoral Statement on Kidapawan Massacre
Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?
Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? (Matthew 7:9-10)
Unfortunately, there are people who would; and they fed starving farmers with bullets.
The Iglesia Filipina Independiente strongly condemns the cold-blooded murder of three protesting farmers in Kidapawan City last April 1 when the police opened fired to disperse the barricade, which was formed to press the government to provide due rice subsidy following months of cruel dry spell. Apart from the three killed, there were also 116 injured, where eight sustained gunshot wounds.
The bloody Kidapawan massacre marks another harrowing episode in the fight of the peasantry against poverty and hunger, and landlordism in the Philippines. Sadly, every time government troops employ brute force, it has gone from worse to worst. The killing, the continuing harassments and the peddling of lies to discredit the farmers' struggle remind us of the 1987 Mendiola massacre and the 2004 Hacienda Luisita massacre.