7 May 2014
Justice for Ka Melon Barcia!
Protect all farmers and human rights defenders in Hacienda Dolores!
End human rights violations and violence in Hacienda Dolores!
As the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPer) come to a close this June 2014, color of agrarian lands turn red. The killing of farmer-leader and human rights defender Menelao Barcia on May 2 have starkly brought to fore the gravity of the situation in Hacienda Dolores, Porac, Pampanga.
How much worse does it have to get, before those who can bring the agrarian struggle in Hacienda Dolores to an end, especially President Noynoy Aquino, decide to do so?
Ka Melon and his wife, Maria were ambushed at around 9 o’clock in the evening last May 2, 2014 in Purok 3, Barangay Manibaug Paralaya in Porac, Pampanga. He was rushed to the hospital but declared dead on arrival while his wife survived the attack with gunshots in her extremities that need surgery. Ka Melon, a barangay kagawad of Barangay Hacienda Dolores, was also one of the leaders of the Aniban ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan sa Hacienda Dolores (ANIBAN), a group that claims ownership of Hacienda Dolores by virtue of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.