Aquino cannot simply wash his hands of this case by ‘unfriending’ Torres. This is mere damage control. We have already filed cases against Torres before the Department of Justice (DOJ) last year for illegally evicting farmers and destroying their food crops in favor of sugar cane. Do we even see any investigation making progress? Aquino may have nominally divested his Hacienda Luisita shares, but it is now confirmed before the public that Torres leases the land and they plant sugarcane together
“Ang isda ay nahuhuli sa bibig” (Fish is caught through the mouth)
Hacienda Luisita farmworkers under the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) and the national agriworkers federation Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) stressed that President BS Aquino’s involvement in the recent sugar smuggling fiasco has become even more apparent with his statements “unfriending” – but at the same time absolving – his Kabarilan and business partner Virginia Torres.
“Kunwari ay hindi na niya kaibigan, pero ipinagtatanggol pa rin nya ang aryendo queen, (Aquino pretends that they’re not friends anymore, but he still openly defends the aryendo queen),” said Rudy Corpuz, AMBALA vice-chairperson, referring to Torres who engages in aryendo or illicit lease agreements victimizing supposed land reform beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita.
In a radio interview, Torres herself admitted that she…
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