TACLOBAN CITY- After the recent triumph of the People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao against Shane Mosley last May 08, 2011, peasants of the entire Region-8 reinforced the call to eradicate the long-standing problem on poverty of the Filipino people.

The peasants of region-8 are convinced that Manny Pacquiao has a moral ground on the call to eradicate the poverty of the Filipino people compared to the leaders of our present government, in view of the fact that the People’s Champ becomes a billionaire from his own strength and not from exploiting other people especially corrupting the people’s money.

“Despite the fact that we dislike the color yellow because it exemplifies the landlords that monopolize our agricultural land, we are more interested on his call against poverty” said Nestor Lebico, Secretary General of Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas (SAGUPA-SB).

Lebico also added that the government has no genuine solution to solve the problem of small farmers in Region 8 particularly on poverty. Instead of genuine and sustainable solution, the government initiated the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s as band aid solution.

“We are encouraging the People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao to convince and spearhead the leaders of our government especially President Noynoy Aquino that  genuine programs and immediate actions are necessary to eradicate the poverty of the Filipino people specially on the genuine land reform issue” Mr. Lebico ended. ###

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