Farmers stage protest rally at Isabela capitol
Ilagan, Isabela (February 22) -- More than two thousand Isabela farmers staged a 30-minute protest rally in front of the capitol demanding Governor Ma. Gracia Cielo M. Padaca to help these El Ni˝o affected farmers to stand up and go on a normal life despite big crop losses.
The farmers, holding placards, streamers and wilted corn plants as a symbol of their damage crops in airing their plights, assembled from the national highway some 300 meters away from the capitol, then walked through the capitol demanding immediate help from the provincial government.
Two Provincial Security Group tried to stop the advancing protesters but they were passed by protesters until they reached the fašade of the capitol then stopped there demanding that Governor Padaca will face them and assured them if there will be aids for El Nino affected farmers.
Provincial Administrator Paul Fernandez and Provincial Agriculturist Danilo Tumamao calmly faced them and told them that Governor Grace Padaca is not present in the capitol and just tell to him their plights and he will just relay to Gov Padaca what they wanted to tell to the governor.
Instead of answering back, the group left the capitol upon knowing that the governor is not present in the capitol and left their protest materials in the vicinity of the capitol without getting a concrete answer to the concern they are pressing.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police sent its crowd dispersal team to prevent untoward incidence in the rally site.
The Provincial Security Group headed by Retired Police Colonel Mario O. Lelina called the assistance of the local police to maintain peace and order and ensure a bloodless rally after the protesters are advancing in the capitol.
With the presence of the police force, the rally has no recorded untoward incidence happened. (PIA Isabela) [top]