Contingents from Sanlakas, BMP and PLM held a picket this morning in front of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters to condemn the brutal killings by PNP forces of the starving farmers in Kidapawan, Cotabato on April 1. The farmers and their families, numbering 6,000, had been barricading the roads while calling for the release of 15,000 sacks of rice to alleviate the effects of drought in their farmlands since last year. The government had promised the food relief since January but no relief came. The provincial governor and the Kidapawan mayor ordered the dispersal of the protestors at all cost. Three farmers died and scores were wounded.