The anticipated visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, October 22 to the wake of the nine sugar farmers murdered last Saturday in Sagay City, Negros Occidental was canceled.
In an advisory, Palace announced that the scheduled visit of Duterte was canceled due to heavy rains in some areas of Negros Occidental.
According to reports, workers were resting in a hut at 9 pm on Saturday when around 40 armed men strafed them with bullets. In addition, there were indications that most victims were shot at the head and at least three of them were burned alive.
The victims, who were all members of National Federation of Sugarcane Workers (NSFW), together with other landless farmers of Hacienda Nene had just begun their Land Cultivation Activity or ‘Bungkalan’ in the 75 hectares area of land. The said land owned by a certain Carmen Tolentino is confirmed to be covered by the government’s agrarian reform program yet remains to be undistributed.
Then Palace had earlier condemned the brutal killing of the farmers and calls for a thorough and impartial investigation on the case. Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo together and the Philippine National Police suspect the communist New People’s Army to be behind the massacre.