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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, May 30, 2014
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Protestors destroy
Capitol signages

BY ADRIAN NEMES III

About 80 farmers under the National Federation of Sugar Workers from Haciendas Arloc and Ilimnan in Murcia town, Negros Occidental, staged a noise barrage in front of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol building yesterdayand destroyed two “no parking” signages.

Vinchito Magalona, chief security of the Provincial Capitol said, the farmers wanted to enter the Capitol building for a dialog with Governor Alfredo Marañon but the police and the security guards stopped them.

Magalona said the farmers then went to the Provincial Veterinary Office where they continued their protests.

The NFSW members were reiterating their claim of ownership of 151 hectares of land in Hacienda Ilimnan and Arloc where the ranch of the province is built.

DAR records show that the agency had issued a notice of coverage on the contested land under CARP in 2012, although, in the same year, the provincial government filed a petition for exemption from coverage after it purchased the property from the original owners.

The petition has not been acted on yet by the Center for Land Use Planning and Implementation.*APN

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