For reasons only it could justify, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday (April 2) gave out medals to some of the policemen involved in a violent clash with farmers in Kidapawan Highway in Cotabato.
Saleema Refran of GMA News said some members of the PNP who faced the protesting farmers were given the “Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting.”
The recognition of the policemen came a day after at least three farmers were killed and over 40 were injured while staging a protest along the national highway to appeal for the local government’s assistance regarding the El Niño phenomenon that has severely affected their livelihood.
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The PNP has claimed that it exercised maximum tolerance in dealing with the protesters, and it was the farmers who instigated the violence by hitting some of the policemen who were deployed to the area with rocks.
Two cops are in critical condition after the incident, with one suffering a brain hemorrhage.
Raw footage of what happened in KidapawanThis is a raw footage of what happened in Kidapawan. Who started the violence? You be the judgeGov. Lala Mendoza, iginiit na pamumulitika ang nangyaring karahasan sa Kidapawan City. Mean while, she refused to accept rice donations supposedly for the farmers from Kidapawan.Update: SILG Mel Sarmiento, ginawaran ng Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting ang mga sugatang pulis sa rally kahapon sa Kidapawan |post from: Kalumuran Mindanao
Posted by Favradio FM on Saturday, 2 April 2016