Hacienda Luisita “beneficiaries” are now the ones vilified and humiliated by the very government agency created to provide social justice to our farmers
TARLAC CITY – The Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), a national federation of agricultural workers, denounced the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and its Provincial Agrarian Reform Office (PARO) in Tarlac today for resurrecting trumped-up criminal charges against Hacienda Luisita farmers and their supporters.
According to UMA acting Chairperson John Milton Lozande, fabricated charges of trespassing, physical injuries and direct assault against persons in authority, related to violent incidents perpetrated by the Cojuangco-Aquino family against Hacienda Luisita farmer-beneficiaries in 2013 and 2014, were referred back by PARO Chief Ileona Pangilinan to Branch I of the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) this city because their agency claimed that the cases were not agrarian in nature or did not involve an agrarian dispute.
“Right when the public is clamoring for Aquino to prove that nobody is above the law – especially not his Kabarilan Virgie Torres who is embroiled in sugar…
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