Ten years have passed since several farmers were shot dead while protesting at estate owned by president’s family.
Families of seven farmers killed ten years ago while protesting on a sugar estate owned by President Benigno Aquino’s family say they continue to face harassment.
The Supreme Court has ordered the president’s family to redistribute its vast plantation to poor farmers, but locals say justice is just too slow.
Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Tarlac province in northern Philippines.
Asian Human Rights Commission replies to Al Jazeera’s questions on Hacienda Luisita massacre
(Hong Kong, April 14, 2014) On April 12, Al Jazeera broadcasted a report, titled: “Philippine farmers fight for land rights” indicating that none of those involved in the massacre of farmers in Hacienda Luisita, owned by the family of current President Benigno Aquino III, have been punished for the massacre ten years on.
Below is the transcript of Al Jazeera‘s questions in a live interview and the AHRC’s comments on why and how there is lack of accountability:
Al Jazeera: Now, joining me from Hong Kong on Skype is Danilo Reyes, deputy director of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Good to have you.
I guess the question here, looking at that report is: why has there been no accountability for these deaths?
Danilo: Because impunity or the lack of investigation, prosecution and punishment of any the security forces in the Philippines is deeply rooted. None of those involved in the killing of these seven protestors (in Hacienda Luisita in November 2004) has been prosecuted.