August 17, 2010 --- Reference: Roy Morilla, KMP Public Information Officer (0907-418-0098)
MARAMAG, Bukidnon— " The armed men formed a line, pointed their guns at us and
fired," This was how Erlinda Bacandon described how around ten gunmen fired at a
group of farmers who occupied a ranch owned by a prominent supporter of
President Benigno Aquino Jr., in Maramag town, Bukinon this morning.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that a leader of a group of farmers seeking land reform was wounded in a shooting at 6pm on 30 October 2006. The attack on Ronald Ocson (41), president of the Asao Farmers and Residents Association (AFRA), took place almost three weeks after he and his fellow villagers were also violently allegedly attacked by armed goons of an influential landlord in Barangay (village) Lawis, Balasan, Iloilo.