This morning Filipino band Beast Jesus made the following announcement below in an impassioned plea for people to donate money to help the cause of the farmers in Kidapawan. PLEASE read the post that Beast Jesus had put up on their facebook page – further below is the paypal address for those of us outside of the Philippines who want to donate.
“Hey everyone, some real talk for now. We’re taking in donations for the situation in Kidapawan. For those of you who aren’t in the know yet, the local police force opened fire on a hapless group of demonstrating farmers last Friday, killing at least 3, and injuring hundreds more.
The situation for the farmers was particularly dire, having entered a state of calamity with severe droughts across Cotabato. Funds were supposedly allocated for calamity relief but were not distributed. In total, the rice and other goods the farmers needed wouldn’t amount to more than 10% of the total calamity relief fund.
In their attempt to claim was rightfully theirs, the farmers were met with a hail of gunfire. The police force shot and killed unarmed, tired, and desperate people who haven’t eaten in days. Let that sink in.
We can all help bring something tangible to the table if we all pitch in. The members of Beast Jesus have close contacts in Davao working to bring sacks of rice and food to the farmers and their families.
We’ll be taking cash donations for anyone outside of Davao City. Message our page to know how you could help. Let’s get this done for real.
The band would appreciate those of you who want to donate to ALSO send them a message via their facebook page so they can keep track of donators: https://www.facebook.com/BeastJesusManila/