Impunity in Hacienda Luisita is so high, we are practically under Martial Law.
Agricultural workers under the national federation Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) are not at all surprised that Aquino’s Kabarilan and well-known crony, ex-LTO chief Virginia Torres, would flaunt her links to the President at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to smuggle around Php 100 million worth of Thai sugar into the country.
“This dictatorship era-style of shameless influence peddling and cronyism, hitting headlines on the 43rd anniversary of the declaration of martial law is not plain coincidence,” according to John Milton Lozande, UMA Acting Chairperson.
Lozande is also Secretary-General of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) based in Negros Island.
According to reports, Torres tried to negotiate with customs officials to allow entry of at least 64 containers of Thai sugar by emphasizing her economic activities with the President, particularly in the…
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