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Aiza Seguerra and wife Liza Diño-Seguerra have asked fellow celebrities to raise funds for use to bail out several Kidapawan farmers who were arrested during the dispersal of a protest rally.

Liza Diño-Seguerra and Aiza Seguerra  (Liza’s Twitter)

Liza Diño-Seguerra and Aiza Seguerra
(Liza’s Twitter)

The rally saw the farmers demanding for relief from suffering brought about by prolonged drought that have been ravaging their farmland since last year.

Aiza and Liza went to Kidapawan together with their lawyer to personally hand over the donation to the right people. The former said that as of midnight April 15, “all but two of the detained Kidapawan farmers have been released on bail.”

The singer was moved by what she heard from the farmers.

“Grabe, if you hear their stories, ang sakit sa puso,” she said, relating how some old women were among those jailed. “Mga limang lolas na hindi ko maisip bakit sinampahan ng direct assault…”

According to Aiza, they will continue helping the farmers with their court cases.

“The lawyers convened kanina para maayos ’yung defense nila,” she said. “Nahirapan kami i-process ang release kasi halos lahat walang ID.”

Aiza claimed the IDs were either confiscated during the rally or burned right after.

“Nakakadurog ng puso ang nangyari sa kanila. Wala silang kasalanan. I will confidently say that. They were victims,” she claimed.

The singer thanked this writer, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Ayen Laurel, Carmina Villaroel, Sylvia Sanchez, Dingdong Dantes, Cheska Winebrenner, Sherilyn Tan, Sitti, Ara Mina, Valerie Concepcion, Princess Velasco, Jackie Rice, Arlene Muhlach, CJ Caparas, Juris Fernandez, Jaycee Parker, Katrina Halili, Carmi Martin, and Beverly Salviejo for helping the drive.

“Kung hindi po dahil sa tulong ninyo, hindi po natin mapipiyansahan ang mga kababayang magsasaka natin sa Kidapawan. Nakakataba ng puso ang inyong pakiki-isa,” Aiza said.