After greater than every week of tenting at Mendiola, farmers from Davao del Norte received their want to meet President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday (May 9) to complain in regards to the alleged land grabbing by the house owners of Lapanday Foods Corporation.
Aside from promising to get their land again, Duterte made positive the farmers didn’t spend the night time on empty stomachs.
The President informed Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go to make preparations so the farmers may have dinner on the Manila Hotel.
”Kumain na kayo ng hapunan? Ilan kayo lahat dito? [Secretary] Bong [Go], mag-reserve ka ng 200 sa Manila Hotel. Oo nga, don kayo. Ayaw ninyo?” Duterte informed the farmers, numbered round 200.
“Basta ‘yung naka-barong lahat doon, naka-gown, ‘wag ninyong pansinin iyon. Hindi tayo magkakilala. Magsabi ni, Mayor, dito kami magkain ng hapunan. Manila Hotel. Para makatikim kayo. Ang sabi ni Mayor, dito kami magkain ng hapunan, Manila Hotel, para makatikim kayo,” he added.
Duterte later provided to have meals from Jollibee given to the farmers.
“Jollibee daw… Yung may manok ha. May mga Moro dito,” he informed his aides.
In his speech to the farmers, Duterte warned the courts to not make it troublesome for the farmers to be put in in their land, which was awarded to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform.
“I am not warning the courts. But do not make it difficult for ther government to get the property of the people,” he mentioned.
“Start to pay or otherwise, I will start to confiscate (the lands),” Duterte added.