(Ka Vic Fabe and Ka Sita Esmao of PAKISAMA are among the farmers who were arrested by the police and hauled off to a police camp. They were later released without charges at around 2:00 AM the next day, June 4.)
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) Around 200 rain-soaked farmers breached the north gate of the Batasan Pambansa complex and held a rally at the doorstep of the session hall building on Wednesday to press for the passage of a bill extending the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
The farmers pushed for House Bill 4077 or the CARP extension with reforms on the last day of session before Congress adjourns sine die.
After over an hour outside the session hall, police, who were armed with shields dispersed the protesters and loaded them on three buses that would bring them to Camp Karingal, a police camp in Quezon City. There were no reported injuries.