Bayan condemns shooting death of peasant leader after rally

Numerous mobilizations from regions all over the Philippines were held simultaneously to protest the midnight approval of House Resolution 1109 which allows Congress to convene into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.

Renato Reyes, secretary general of umbrella organization Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), says that the nation-wide mobilizations were generally successful and peaceful. However, he condemns the death of peasant leader Fermin Lorico, chair of Kaugmaon, the local arm of militant peasant organization Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in Dumaguete. Fermin, the first reported casualty in an anti-con ass rally this year, sustained two gunshot wounds on his way to the office after the rally.

Meanwhile, mobilizations against con-ass numbered thousands in Davao City, Manila, Baguio, Calamba, Cebu, Ilo-ilo, General Santos, Negros Occidental, and Dumaguete, among others.

Posted on 10 Jun 2009, on Bayan Philippines Website

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