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Assasination of Roberto Capalla, our solidarity towards PFTC Fair Trade Muscovado sugar in the Philippines

19 marzo 2014

This post is to express our solidarity towards Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC) and together to condemn the assassination of Romeo Capalla, Chairperson of PFTC Board of Directors and the burning of Kamada Muscovado Mill in Brgy. Dabong, Janiuay, Iloilo.Romeo_Capalla Romeo Capalla, 65 years old, a life spent courageously  fighting for civil and human rights of small farmers and their families, was roughly assassinated on March 15, 2014. PFTC is a Fair Trade organization of producers of Muscovado sugar with 350 small producers of organic cane sugar, banana chips and ginger chews and it is member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) in Panay Island since 1991. Probabilitymascobado you have seen their Muscovado sugar in Fair trade and organic shops of Europe and Asia. We want to release the declaration of PFTC (download here) and to share  the message we received from PFTC manager, Mr  Angel Panganiban. Here it is: “We all want justice for Romeo. We want the immediate investigation and brought to justice the murderers of Romeo. With our concerted efforts, we can pressure the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to make immediate and appropriate actions. Because, we do believe that this dastardly crime was perpetrated by the Military. Please send your petition to the following: 1.  Philippine Embassy in your respective country 2.  Philippine President Benigno Aquino 3.  Senate President Franklin Drilon 4.  Speaker of the House (Congress) Sonny Belmonte 5.  Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor (For those who want to send him a direct message