The Hacienda Luisita National Fact-Finding Mission (NFFM) spearheaded by the Unyon ng Manggagawa saAgrikultura (UMA, Federation of
Agricultural Workers), its local affiliate Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang-Bukid sa
Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA, Hacienda Luisita Farmworkers Alliance) and the Office
of Anakpawis Party-list Representative Fernando Hicap, was launched to verify
reports of fraud, militarization and new cases of landgrabbing before, during and after the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) land distribution activities in Hacienda Luisita, a vast sugar estate in Tarlac province controlled by the family of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III.