DAR orders probe into shooting of Tagum farmers

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Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered an investigation into the shooting of farmer beneficiaries in Tagum City.

Mariano ordered local DAR officials to coordinate with the Davao del Norte police for the possible filing of cases against the suspects, Davao Today reported.

Wounded in the shooting were:

– Jose Balucos, 42
– Emanuel Buladaco, 46
– Taldan Miparanun, 16
– Joseph Bertulfo, 58
– Rico Saladaga
– Jojo Gomez
– Belardo Francisco

Last October, Mariano held a dialogue at the protest camp set up by the of Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. (Marbai).

He reportedly promised to the farmers help in reclaiming their lands from Lapanday.

Farmers have set up a protest camp since June to push for the implementation of the order given by the Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator of Davao del Norte last year.