MANILA - Following Robin Padilla's lead, a host of other celebrities have donated a combined 700 sacks of rice to the drought-hit farmers of Kidapawan City, Cotabato province.
On Tuesday, a Pep report, quoting Padilla, listed down the celebrities who have sent their help to the farmers, who have been pleading assistance from the government amid the ongoing El Niño crisis.
The donation breakdown is as follows: Anne Curtis (200 sacks), Jasmine Curtis (20 sacks), Karla Estrada and Daniel Padilla (100 sacks), Mariel Padilla (60 sacks), Angel Locsin (120 sacks), Bianca Gonzales-Intal (20 sacks), Erika Padilla (10 sacks), Megan Young (10 sacks), Mikael Daez (10 sacks), NUR Factory (50 sacks), Luis Manzano (100 sacks), and filmmakers Perci Intalan and Jun Robles (70 sacks).
According to Kilab Multimedia, the sacks of rice courtesy of Curtis, Rodriguez, Gonzalez-Intal, Estrada, Intalan, and Robles have arrived at the Spottswood Methodist Center in Kidapawan City, where the farmers have been seeking refuge.
On Saturday, Robin expressed his disgust over the clash between police officers and around 5,000 farmers and militants, who have barricaded the Kidapawan City national highway for three days to demand the release of 15,000 sacks of rice subsidy.
The incident left two farmers dead and dozens injured.
"Hindi dapat ginagawa sa mga Pilipino ang ginawa sa inyo!" proclaimed Robin as he visited the thousands of farmers housed at the church compound last Saturday.
Both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) have already started their investigation into the incident.
Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza, in an interview with ANC, maintained that the police officers exercised maximum tolerance during the farmers' protests.
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