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One more attempt to occupy Lapanday lands

DAVAO CITY – After getting the support of President Duterte in reclaiming the 145-hectare banana farm in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, farmers of Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. (MARBAI) will attempt to occupy for the third time the contested land of the Lapanday Foods Corp.

MARBAI member Linda Dayahan said the farmers will be assisted by Agrarian Reform secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano who will serve the “writ of installation” on Thursday morning.

The group did not succeed in their first two attempts last April 17 and April 21 but they hope to gain success as they take their cue from Duterte himself.

“We are thankful to Duterte that he hears our plight to reclaim the land because we have long been neglected in the past. It was not an easy fight for us but we tried our best to hold on,” said Dayahan. (Antonio L. Colina IV)