Luista Farmers to DAR: Nullify Aquino’s Fake Land Distribution — UMA Pilipinas

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Present at the DAR dialogue w/ Luisita farmers, (from left) former Tarlac City Councilor Emmy Ladera (sister of Luisita martyr Abel Ladera), UMA Secretary General Ka Daning Ramos, and AMBALA Chairperson Florida Sibayan.

More than a hundred Hacienda Luisita farmers met Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano today to demand the nullification of fake land distribution implemented under former President BS Aquino, a scion of the landlord Cojuangco-Aquino family, through the DAR led by former secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. The farmers […]

via Luista Farmers to DAR: Nullify Aquino’s Fake Land Distribution — UMA Pilipinas

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Cojuangco-Aquino lackeys order destruction of crops in Luisita — farmers

According to Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, Buena Timbol of the Luisita Estate Management (LEM) and Tarlac Development Corporation (Tadeco) ordered elements of Tarlac police, including members of the Special Weapons Attack Team (SWAT), to flatten the crops in barangay Mapalacsiao. (Contributed photo/ Bulatlat) “The Cojuangco-Aquinos are far worse than drug lords, they are a feudal lord family, they victimize, not individuals, but generations of farmers, and their crime is the mother of all social cancers and injustice in the country, tyrannical monopoly control over vast tracks of land.”

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com

MANLA — On the day peasant leader Rafael Mariano was installed as chief of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), allies of the Cojuangco Aquino clan reportedly ordered the destruction of more than 20 hectares of palay and vegetables in Hacienda Luisita.

According to Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, Buena Timbol of the Luisita Estate Management (LEM) and Tarlac Development Corporation (Tadeco) ordered elements of Tarlac police, including members of the Special Weapons Attack Team (SWAT), to flatten the crops in barangay Mapalacsiao.

UMA Secretary General Danilo Ramos said former DAR officials should be held accountable.

Ramos said, Justin Vincent La Chica, former Chief of Staff of then DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, in a memorandum dated May 18, 2016, told the Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) not to wait for the pending agrarian dispute case in said area for the installation of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in barangay Mapalacsiao.

UMA maintained that the disputed land, cultivated by Leoncio Suarez, Gerry Catalan and others since 2004, should be given to the tillers and not to ARBs linked to the Cojuangco-Aquino clan.

Last year, PARO led by lawyer Jose Eduardo Narcisco, with assistance from fully-armed policemen, destroyed the food crops and fruit trees in the same area in Hacienda Luisita.

UMA said the DAR was also instrumental in the illegal arrest, smear campaign and filing of trumped-up charges against Hacienda Luisita farmers. Catalan and several others were slapped with violation of RA 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law – for cultivating the land promised by agrarian reform.

in a separate statement, Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao condemned what he called as the “latest barbarism committed by the Cojuangco-Aquino family against the farm workers of Hacienda Luisita.”

Anakpawis filed a resolution calling for an inquiry on how the DAR under Aquino implemented the Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita.

Casilao urged President Rodrigo Duterte to examine “the continuing collusion of government officials with the Cojuangco-Aquinos.”

He also urged the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to investigate why Tarlac PNP continues to serve as a private army of the Cojuangco-Aquino family.

“The Cojuangco-Aquinos are far worse than drug lords, they are a feudal lord family, they victimize, not individuals, but generations of farmers, and their crime is the mother of all social cancers and injustice in the country, tyrannical monopoly control over vast tracks of land,” Casilao said.

Earlier, Mariano vowed to prioritize the distribution of Hacienda Luisita to the farmers. (http://bulatlat.com)

Food crops destroyed by Aquino-Cojuangco minions in Hacienda Luisita

UNHOLY ATTACK. The Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) condemns the ongoing destruction of food crops grown by farmworkers in their bungkalan areas or collective farms. The atrocities are perpetrated by known Cojuangco-Aquino minions.

Source: Food crops destroyed by Aquino-Cojuangco minions in Hacienda Luisita

Bungkalan at Hacienda Luisita

Latest Update from Hacienda Luisita

Posisyon ng AMBALA hinggil sa Proyektong Bungkalan sa loob ng binakurang lupa ng Tarlac Development Corporation (TADECO):

1. Mahigit nang isang dekadang nakaposisyon ang mga manggagawang bukid sa loob ng 358 ektaryang sapilitan at marahas na binakuran ng Tarlac Development Corporation (sa Balete at sa Cutcut 2nd) noong September 2013 hanggang April 2014; Pag sinabing nakaposisyon, natatamnan na nila ito, nalilinang, at ginagawang produktibo, at nakapag-aambag sa ekonomiya ng mamamayan;

2. Batay sa orihinal na loan contract document, ang lahat ng agrikultural na lupa na natransfer sa TADECO mula sa TABACALERA ay dapat na maibalik sa mga magsasaka matapos ang 10 taon mula sa petsa ng pag-utang nila; kasama sa kabuuang lupa na dapat maibalik sa magsasaka itong mga binakuran ng TADECO sa barangay Balete at Cutcut 2nd;

3. Batay noong 1989 SDO, sa panunungkulan ng isang Presidenteng Cojuangco – Aquino, maanomalyang pinayagan ng DAR na maitakas ng mga Cojuangco Aquino ang mga lupa sa pamamagitan ng erroneous o maling pagklasipika ng mga lupa sa mga pangalang: Unproductive Lands, Agro-Forest, at Reserves; gayong ikinubli ng mga pangalang ito ang mga iligal na kumbersyon sa lupa na dapat sana ay pag-aari na ng mga manggagawang bukid kung naibigay sa kanila ang Hacienda Luisita noong 1967; itinago ng mga Cojuangco Aquino, ang pagbabawas ng sukat na ginawa na pala nilang Luisita Golf and Country Club, at Luisita Industrial Park, pati ang mga lupang inilipat nila sa Central Azucarera de Tarlac, gayong ang mga korporasyong ito ay pag-aari lang din naman ng mga Cojuangco- Aquino;

4. Batay sa April 24, 2012 na desisyon ng Korte Suprema, kinilala nito ang argumento ng mga manggagawang bukid hinggil sa mga lupa ng TADECO na maanomalyang hindi inilipat sa HLI, kaya may mahigpit itong bilin na: hanapin pa at ipamahagi ang iba pang agrikultural na lupa na pag-aari ng TADECO at bahagi ng tinatawag na Hacienda Luisita, na hindi nailipat sa HLI, lagpas pa sa 4,916 ektaryang lupa, ngunit nakapaloob sa orihinal na sukat na 6,443 ektarya;

5. Ang mga hawak ng TADECO na mga titulo diumano sa Brgy. Balete gaya ng TCT no. 408283 na may 83.7 hectares, TCT no. 408282 na may 35.9 hectares, at TCT no. 408279 na may 1.9 hectares ay parehas mula sa TCT no. 231161 na kapatid din lang naman ng mga TCT no. 231166 na may 61 hectares, TCT no. 231174 na may 19.2 hectares, TCT no. 231164 na may 22.3 hectares, at TCT no. 231183 na may 34.2 hectares na sa lahat-lahat ay aabot ng 258.2 hectares na siyang binakuran sa Brgy. Balete, ay mga anak lang din naman ng TCT no. 215100, na mula lang din sa TCT no. 205198, na higit pang matunton na anak din lang ng TCT no. 143015, na nanggaling sa TCT No. 138935, na nanggaling naman sa TCT No. 30413 na orihinal na TADECO Title sa kabuuang mga lupa ng Asyenda Luisita sa Tarlac City na mula lang din sa titulo ng TABACALERA na TCT No. 4173;

6. Gayundin, ang hawak na titulo ng TADECO sa halos 100 ektarya na marahas na binakuran sa Brgy. Cutcut 2nd ng mga Cojuangco – Aquino at ipinuslit na di ipamahagi, na TCT No. 400301 na may dalawang parsela ng lupa na ang isang parsela ay may sukat na 10.5 hectares at ang isa pang parsela na may sukat na 89.2 hectares, ay mula lang din naman sa TCT no. 240211, na anak lamang ng TCT No. 231197, na bahagi ng dating TCT No. 215101 na siyang anak na titulo ng TCT No. 205198 na anak ng din lang ng TCT no. 143015, na nanggaling sa TCT No. 138935, na nanggaling naman sa TCT No. 30413 na orihinal na TADECO Title sa mga lupa ng Asyenda Luisita sa Tarlac City na mula lang din sa titulo ng TABACALERA na TCT No. 4173;

7. Nagsampa ng kasong unlawful detainer ang TADECO sa mahigit 100 manggagawang bukid noong 2013, naipabasura ito ng mga manggagawang bukid, dahil kinilala ng lokal na korte, na wala naman talagang batayan ang kaso, ngunit kahit walang batayang legal para sa pagpapalayas, at walang anumang “court order” na may bisang magpalayas, kinasangkapan ng TADECO, ang posisyon sa gobyerno ng kaanak nitong Pangulo ng bansa, kaya epektibong na-command ang buong kapulisan ng Tarlac, pati AFP, para protektahan ang pang bubuldozer ng palay, panununog at pagwawasak ng kubo, pagpapalayas sa mga magsasaka, at pagbabakod;

8. Aabot ng 10 milyon piso ang kabuuang puhunan ng mga binuldozer na palay at gulay, kasama ang mga kubo na winasak. Aabot na din ng isang daang milyon mahigit, ang nawalang oportunidad sa ani, ngayong tatlong taon na nilang itiniwangwang ang lupa;

9. Patong-patong naman na gawa-gawang kasong kriminal ang isinampa ng TADECO sa mga manggagawang bukid, pati sa isang konsehal ng bayan ng Tarlac na taga Balete mismo, gayong usapin ito ng tunggalian ng karapatan sa lupa at hindi kasong kriminal dapat;

10. Habang may nakabinbin pang omnibus motion ang AMBALA na nakafile sa Supreme Court hinggil sa kabuuang pagkukuwestyon ng mga manggagawang bukid sa pamamaraan ng pamamahagi ng lupa sa Asyenda Luisita mula sa maanomalyang TAMBIOLO land reform, kasama ang usapin sa iligal na APFU, ang hindi umuusad na audit para masingil na ang 1.33 bilyong pisong utang ng mga Cojuangco Aquino, ang maanomalyang listahan ng mga benepisaryo na nagtanggal ng karapatan sa dapat na magkaroon ng lupa, ngunit nagbigay ng karapatan sa mga di karapat-dapat, at lalong higit sa pinaliit pang lalong sukat ng lupa na inilaan para sa pamamahagi sa mga benepisaryo sa Asyenda Luisita;

11. At nakabinbin din sa DOJ ang mga kaso na isinampa ng mga manggagawang bukid hinggil sa marahas na pagpapalayas sa kanila sa kanilang bukid na sinasaka, pati ang aktuwal na mga halaga ng sinirang pananim ng TADECO;

12. Mula nang mabakuran noong 2013 ang mga lupa sa Balete at Cutcut 2nd, hanggang sa kasalukuyan, nananatili itong agrikultural na lupa, na itiniwangwang lamang at pinabayaan ng TADECO.

Kaya, dahil sa mga nabanggit sa itaas:

1. Makatarungang isulong ng mga manggagawang bukid ng Asyenda Luisita ang Proyektong Bungkalan sa mga lupang agrikultural naman, kayang patunayan sa mga papel na bahagi ng dapat na maipamahagi pero hindi ipinamahagi, at ngayoy itinitiwangwang pa at iligal na kinakamkam ng mga Cojuangco Aquino;

2. Habang nakabinbin pa at dinidinig ang mga habol ng manggagawang bukid sa mga opisina ng mga ahensya at departamento gaya ng DOJ, at Korte Suprema, makataong hayaan munang magbungkal ang mga magsasaka, hindi naman permanenteng istruktura ang mga palay at gulay at mga pananim, hayaan munang gawing produktibo ang lupa, at magsilbi sa kumakalam na sikmura ng mamamayan;

3. Ipatupad na dapat ng DAR, nang matapat, ang binanggit na ng Korte Suprema sa desisyon nito noong April 24, 2012, na ayon sa mandato ng DAR, sa ilalim ng batas ng reporma sa lupa, na malaong ipasailalim para sa repormang agraryo ang iba pang agrikultural na lupaing dating hawak ng TADECO na hindi nailipat sa HLI ngunit dapat na sinaklaw ng RA 6657;

4. Napakalinaw na hindi hiwalay na isyu/hiwalay na lupa/o hiwalay na pamamahagi dapat ang mga bagong nabigyan ng NOC na lupa ng TADECO sa Brgy. Balete at Brgy. Cutcut 2nd. Mga lupa ito na bahagi ng 6,443 ektaryang lupain ng Asyenda Luisita, at napatunayang matabang lupang agrikultural pa, na ibig din sabihin ay istorikal at makatarungang pag-aari ng mga manggagawang bukid ng Asyenda Luisita;

5. Dapat pa nga na pagbayarin ng daang milyong pisong danyos ang TADECO at mga Cojuangco – Aquino sa walang kaluluwa nitong pambubuldozer sa mga gulay at palay at pangwawasak at panununog ng kubo, at pagpapalayas sa mga magbubukid nitong 2013 hanggang 2014 sa kabila ng belated na deklarasyon ng NOC ng DAR.

#LuisitaUpdate | Why did netizens revive a 4-year-old news item on Hacienda Luisita?

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This past week, the news report “SupremeCourt votes 14-0 to redistribute Hacienda Luisita” which first appeared on November 24, 2011 at Interaksyon.com suddenly went viral, eliciting mostly hopeful reactions from netizens. One opinion columnist even referred to the news as an “early Christmas” treat for Luisita farmers.

Why did netizens revive this 4-year old news item on Hacienda Luisita? We suppose that it is public knowledge that Hacienda Luisita farmers are still fighting for genuine land reform and justice. Concerned citizens, however, may not be fully aware that it has been years since the SC’s unanimous decision for total land distribution in Hacienda Luisita was made final and executory on April 24, 2012.

A closer look at the situation of the so-called “beneficiaries” will reveal that land distribution in Luisita under the BS Aquino regime has been a complete sham.

Paying attention to details of the Interaksyon.com video, one would realize that the areas where farmers are shown planting rice and cultivating vegetable plots are the same areas where farmers have been forcibly evicted in subsequent violent incidents from 2012 up to the present. Even the actual farmers interviewed in the story – Gary Gonzales and Anita Flores – have become victims displaced by police and military-assisted eviction from 2013 to 2014.

See this April 2014 UCAN news story showing farmer Gary Gonzales:

..and this Tudla newsreel dated November 2014 with farmer Anita Flores:

Agricultural areas shown in the Interaksyon video, located in Barangay Balete, Hacienda Luisita, are now fenced and heavily-guarded by private security personnel of Cojuangco-Aquino firm TADECO and LRC, and the Yuchengco-owned RCBC.

Only a few months after the Interaksyon.com report, from January to March 2012, a series of violent attacks in the RCBC area led to the unlawful arrest of several farmers. Other than this, it was a few days before Christmas in 2013 when crops and huts have been razed to the ground in the TADECO area. More atrocities, such as destruction of crops and property, burning of huts, unlawful detention of farmers including children, were reported in 2014.

Only last March, President BS Aquino signed a public-private partnership (PPP) project to construct the Tarlac Solar Power Plant in the said disputed areas. PetroSolar, the private firm tasked to implement the project with the Department of Energy is also owned by the Yuchengcos – the same Cojuangco-Aquino business partners claiming ownership of disputed lands through RCBC.

We stand with Luisita farmers fighting to stop further dislocation. Farmworkers have been consistently struggling alongside the people for genuine land reform and social justice.

We urge concerned citizens to closely monitor developments in Hacienda Luisita and join us in keeping the public informed of the most recent #LuisitaUpdate. For fresh news on the farmworkers’ struggle for land and justice, follow Luisita Watch on Twitter and visit our blog at www.luisitawatch.wordpress.com 

 

GI ESTRADA
Media Officer, Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA)
uma.pilipinas@gmail.com

Follow @UMApilipinas on Twitter

 

Remembering Ricardo Ramos

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Today is the 10th death anniversary of martyred labor leader Ricardo Ramos, president of the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Labor Union (CATLU) and barangay captain of Mapalacsiao, ‪‎Hacienda Luisita‬

Ramos and the 600-strong CATLU forged unity with thousands of farmworkers under the United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU) and launched the historic Luisita People’s Strike (Welgang Bayan) on November 6, 2004.

Ten days after, the state and the Cojuangco-Aquino family attacked the strikers, resulting to the infamous Hacienda Luisita massacre.

Ramos was assassinated by a military officer on October 25, 2005. The soldier was acquitted and set free under BS Aquino’s watch in December 2013, amid renewed violence, bulldozing of crops, mauling and eviction of farmers in Hacienda Luisita.

Wala pa ring hustisya para sa mga napaslang at nasaktan at para sa libu-libong mamamayan na biktima ng pinakamasahol na kalagayan sa paggawa at pangangamkam ng lupa.

Justice for all victims of the killings and human rights violations in Hacienda Luisita!

‪#‎EndImpunity‬ NOW!

“Pope Francis must know Malacanang is only a few meters away from a massacre site”

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Farmers at the Kampuhan in Liwasang Bonifacio begin fasting to welcome Pope Francis yesterday. Farmers will join the People’s Welcome “Salubong ng Mamamayan” at Mendiola today. Photo by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasant Movement of the Philippines)

Farmers from Hacienda Luisita say it’s not too late for Pope Francis to make a detour from the scheduled meeting between the Holy Pontiff and President Benigno Aquino III, today at Malacanang.

Luisita farmers invited Pope Francis to be with the people at Mendiola and bless the site, known to many as a historic location where generations of Filipino masses have staged demonstrations to air the country’s real situation.

The Luisita contingent led by the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) and the national federation Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) will be at the Salubong ng Mamamayan at Mendiola Bridge along with other marginalized sectors. The Salubong is organized by the People’s Committee to Welcome the Pope or People’s Welcome.

“The Pope must know that Malacanang is only a few meters away from a massacre site,” said Florida Sibayan, of AMBALA and People’s Welcome.

Sibayan is referring to the infamous Mendiola Massacre of 1987. Thirteen (13) farmers were killed in the violent dispersal of a peasant demonstration under the first Aquino president, Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, mother of incumbent President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.  Land distribution in Hacienda Luisita, the Cojuangco-Aquino-controlled sugar estate in Tarlac province, was among the major campaign promises of the Aquinos.

According to Palace officials, the meeting between the two Heads of State provides them with the opportunity to exchange views on domestic and international matters.  Farmers hope that if the Pope indeed chooses to go on with his planned itinerary and meet with Aquino, Hacienda Luisita and the dismal state of Philippine peasants would be tackled.

Says Sibayan: “Twenty-eight years after the Mendiola Massacre, farmers are still clamoring for land reform. We are still struggling against landlessness, impunity and injustice.”

Sibayan is also a survivor of a similar atrocity against farmers ten years ago, the Hacienda Luisita massacre of 2004. President Aquino, who was then a congressman and administrator of the sugar estate, is identified by farmers as one of the perpetrators of the bloodshed which killed seven striking sugar workers and wounded hundreds of others.

Under the current Aquino regime, the Luisita massacre case was denied due process twice. All the perpetrators were cleared of charges in 2010 and the victims’ plea to reopen investigation was denied in October 2014. Farmers call the implementation of Luisita land distribution a sham while grave human rights violations against them continue.

After the 2004 massacre, more union leaders and peasant advocates fell victim to extrajudicial killings related to the land dispute in Luisita. Victims include Ricardo Ramos, president of the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Labor Union (CATLU), Tarlac City Councilor Abel Ladera, and even church people — Fr. William Tadena and Bishop Alberto Ramento of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

Farmers hope that the Pope echo their appeal: “Pope Francis, Pope of the Poor, stand with us for land, justice and peace!” ###