CONTRIBUTED VIDEO: DOJ asked to release arrested Kidapawan farmers

Kidapawan farmers and their supporters picketed the Department of Justice on April 13 in the Philippines to press for the immediate release of those illegally detained by the police and pursue justice for the victims of the bloody dispersal of April 1.

Only 10 of the 77 farmers arrested have been released as of April 14. The detainees include three pregnant women and several elderly.

(Video by ILPS-Philippines)

Kidapawan negotiator recalls carnage

Jerome Succor Aba recalls events immediately before and after the violent dispersal in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato last April 1 that killed at least two civilians and hurt more than a hundred.

He was negotiating with the police when the protesting farmers where attacked.

During a solidarity event for the victims of the dispersal at the University of the Philippines, Aba and farmer Mercedita Iyong explain the reason for the barricade and the response they received from the local government unit.