The Roman Catholic bishops in the Philippines have made a statement that will surely inspire the peasant movement (or a large section of it): CBCP supports the call for the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) with significant and meaningful reforms.
Funding for agrarian reform is to expire next year, although the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) claims that the program is continuing. In other words, the agency maintains that what should be fought for is the extension of the funding for CARP. Although the civil society believes funding is very crucial for the implementation of agrarian reform, it maintains that funding without reforms in the implementation will just continue the vicious cycle, not break it.
Thus, the CBCP has sided with the civil society. Proof of this is the image here, a snapshot of a portion of the front page of the CBCP Monitor‘s latest issue.