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Kidapawan and the rice riots

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Negotiations were cut short Riot police were unprepared and outnumbered Cops carried long arms This is the story behind the deadly protests in Kidapawan City

Field in Mindanao during the El Niño drought. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / Rappler

We asked for rice, not bullets, Kidapawan protester tells Senate

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Arlyn Oti Amar a mother of two cried before a Senate hearing as she recounted how the farmers protests for rice turned into a bloody dispersal

KIDAPAWAN HEARING. A public hearing was held on Thursday, April 7, regarding the violent dispersal of farmer-protesters in Kidapawan. Screenshot

From Tacloban to Kidapawan: Blaming the victim

Apr 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM

In perilous times like these anger and a sense of urgency are virtues Anything less is a denial of justice

'I have no regrets' – Kidapawan mayor

Apr 07, 2016 - 8:52 AM

Joseph Evangelista says SWAT forces only reacted after they saw protestors mauling cops who had been caught in the melee If the police hadn’t used maximum tolerance they wouldn’t have been pinned down

I DID MY JOB. Kidapawan Mayor Joey Evangelista. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera /

Kidapawan protester: I was shot by sniper on firetruck

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Roughly 1 500 protesters remain inside the UMC compound in Kidapawan Police manning checkpoints had been pulled out

SHOT. Arnel Takyawan on the bench that serves at his bed at the Kidapawan gymnasium. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera /

Kidapawan and why the Philippines is always short of rice

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Kidapawan is a failure of agriculture policy where the inability of the agriculture department and other parts of the government to come clean on El Niño resulted directly in lives being lost

ENDURING DROUGHT. Farmers demand assistance from the North Cotabato local government saying drought has crippled their farmlands. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

DILG chief: Who funded, organized Kidapawan protest?

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:44 PM

The interior secretary and national police chief insist dialogues were held prior to the dispersal and that the cops exercised maximum tolerance in Kidapawan

'MAXIMUM TOLERANCE'. File photo of DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Between good and evil in Kidapawan

Apr 04, 2016 - 11:00 AM

It s time to hope that a sensible majority will stop making this about the elections and candidates and power blocs

CONDEMNATION. Activists stage a rally in front of the Department of Agriculture building in Quezon City to protest the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Robin Padilla visits Kidapawan City after farmers' rally

Apr 02, 2016 - 7:44 PM

Robin visits Kidapawan City where a farmers protest turns violent following dispersal efforts by local police

Photo courtesy of Kilab Multimedia

Palace on Kidapawan rally: No reason for deaths

Apr 02, 2016 - 3:26 PM

There is no reason why people must die for asking for assistance from their own government says Malacañang as it urges hotheads to reserve judgement pending the investigation

PALACE STATEMENT. Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III, head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office holds a press briefing in Malacañang. Screenshot from PCOO video

Beyond the noise: Establishing facts, accountability in Kidapawan

Apr 02, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The challenge is to get the facts and verify these There are so many pieces in the jigsaw puzzle on accountability that are still missing

WOUNDED. One of the 13 hurt during a violent dispersal of a farmers' protest on April 1 in Kidapawan City. DISPERSAL. A farmer grimaces in pain after police dispersed a protest in Kidapawan City. Photo by Kilab Multimedia

Police prepare charges vs Kidapawan rally leaders

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Armed with a warrant police search the facilities of the Spottswood Methodist Center for firearms a day after the scuffle

SEARCH. A policeman conducts a search for firearms in facility inside the Spottswood Methodist Center on April 2, 2016. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

1 killed, 13 wounded in farmers' protest in Kidapawan

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

7th UPDATE The protesting farmers are asking for help from the government due to the effects of a drought in the area