Militants to Noynoy: Hacienda Luisita fight is valid, not black prop

by Sugar Hicap

Manila, Philippines- One of the groups supporting the land claim of Hacienda Luisita farmworkers over the 6,453-hectare sugar in Tarlac on Tuesday slammed Liberal Party 2010 presidential candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino for dismissing the involvement of militant groups in the land reform row as Leftist black propaganda.

“This presidential wannabe has resorted to traditional, shameless and Jurassic red baiting in order to evade an issue that needs politically correct, decent, lawful and moral response and this guy speaks the same language of political terror spoken by his would be predecessors in case he wins the highest elective post in 2010,” the militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a press statement.

“Imagine, 7 farmworkers died on the spot, more than 200 strikers were injured and 120 of their co-farmworkers and their supporters were arrested during the Nov.16, 2004 violent dispersal of strikers. And Noynoy dismissed it as Leftist black propaganda. This is really mind-boggling, ridiculous and super incorrigible,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said.

The Pamalakaya official lamented that while the LP presidential candidate was trying to pass himself off as champion of the Filipino people or a modern day messiah clad in yellow or in black shirt bearing the Philippine map, the hostile attitude displayed by the 49-year old politician against the legitimate demands for land and justice of Hacienda Luisita workers showcased what kind of a presidency Noynoy has to offer to 92 million Filipinos.

“How can he face and decently lead this nation of 92 million people if he cannot even face and contact eye-to-eye the 30,000 farmworkers and regular voters inside Hacienda Luisita? Give us a break,” added Hicap.

Pamalakaya is one of the groups who will participate in the 87 vehicle caravan on Nov.16 to Hacienda Luisita from the National Capital Region to Tarlac in support to farmworkers demand for the immediate and free distribution of the sugar estate to Luisita tillers.

The scheduled caravan organized by Kilusang Mayo Uno, Anakpawis party list, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Unyon ng Mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) will also demand the immediate scrapping of Stock Distribution Option (SDO), the repeal of the recently passed Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reform (Carper of RA 9700) and the passage of House Bill No. 3059 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB).

The 87-vehicle caravan will also demand the prosecution of government and military officials implicated in the Hacienda Luisita massacre. A case had been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, but the latter dismissed the case against civilian officials, while criminal charges are still pending before the Ombudsman’s national office in Quezon City.

On December 18, 2008, the Hacienda Luisita Management signed by Hernan M. Gregorio, Jr. — assistant Estate Manager of HLI imposed a deadline to farm workers that they only have up to October 30, 2009 to harvest and finish all land cultivation activities inside the hacienda. The deadline lapsed and another memorandum calling all farmworkers to register was issued and hacienda workers were given until Nov.15 to enlist in the new registration being called by the management.

Meanwhile, lawyers of striking farmworkers cited legal courses of actions which they could avail to stop the management from issuing memorandum to farm workers. Legal counsel Atty. Jobert Ilarde Pahilga, executive director of Sentro Para Sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Sentra) and campaign officer of National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers said they will file petition for indirect contempt against the members of the Board of HLI before the Supreme Court in violation of the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the high tribunal against the revocation of Stock Distribution Option (SDO).

However, Atty. Pahilga said they will also file a motion with the Supreme Court for speedy resolution of the case and to recall the TRO, so that the decision of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) which revoked the SDO and called for the immediate distribution of Hacienda Luisita lands to farmworker beneficiaries.

The counsel for Hacienda Luisita workers will also file of a motion with the Office of the Ombudsman to resolve the multiple murders, multiple frustrated murders and multiple attempted murders filed against the military and civilian involved in the infamous Hacienda Luisita Massacre. #

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3 responses to “Militants to Noynoy: Hacienda Luisita fight is valid, not black prop

  1. Maria Elizabeth Embry

    tweaked by Maria Elizabeth Embry)

    Hacienda Luisita, 42 years Blowin’ in the Wind (1968-2010)

    How many more Hacienda Luisita farmers must die

    Before we can call ’em owners of their land?

    Yes, ‘n’ how many Laws they must passed

    Before you can call it an Agrarian Reform Law?

    Yes, ‘n’ how many more farmers the guards must slay

    Before you can say it is enough?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,

    The answer, indeed is blowin’ in the wind.

    How many times must Hacienda Luisita farmers fight

    Before they can see the end of their plight?

    Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have

    Before he can hear the farmer cry?

    Yes, ‘n’ how many massacres will it take till Noynoy wakes up

    That too many Hacienda Luisita sakadas have died?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,

    The answer, indeed is blowin’ in the wind.

    How many years can the Hacienda Luisita farmer’s plea exists

    Before it’s heard by y’all?

    Yes, ‘n’ how many years can Hacienda Luisita farmers complain

    Before they’re allowed to be right?

    Yes, ‘n’ how many times can some people turn their heads,

    Pretending they just do not see?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,

    The answer, indeed is blowin’ in the wind.

  2. The Full Truth: Noynoy and Hacienda Luisita (Must-Read)
    http://truthsayer.tumblr.com/

    A summary of well-researched articles published on GMANews.TV.

    Noynoy’s well-documented involvement in Luisita:

    1. Noynoy Defends Military and Police Action During Luisita Massacre
    Noynoy spreads lies about the massacre.

    2. Noynoy’s Escorts Tagged in Shooting of Luisita Farm Workers
    Witness calls them “mga bata ni Noynoy Aquino,” “mga private army ni Congressman,” and “parang security guard, parang bodyguard.”

    3. Noynoy’s “Superhighway”
    5 years before Noynoy’s presidential campaign, a witness testifies that Noynoy told Luisita farmers to say yes to his SCTEx Luisita road project.

    4. SCTEx Investigation
    Government overpaid P247 million for Noynoy’s project.

    5. Hello Garci and Luisita
    Hello Garci comes out while Gloria’s Task Force Luisita is investigating the case.

    6. Cory and Noynoy Praise and Defend Gloria
    Even after Gloria’s “I am sorry” speech.

    7. Noynoy Votes Against Playing Garci Tapes

    8. Cory and Noynoy Drop Gloria Abruptly
    Just 8 days after Noynoy protected Gloria. The same month Task Force Luisita submitted the findings and recommendations of its investigation, which led to the government’s decision to order the distribution of the hacienda.

    9. Still No Justice for Massacre and Murder Victims

    10. Still No Land Distribution
    Jose Cojuangco Sr., Cory’s father, received large loans to buy the hacienda, on the condition that it would be DISTRIBUTED TO THE FARMERS BY 1967. Now, 43 years later, the land has still not been distributed. There has never been any valid reason why this was not done and many people have been killed for demanding justice.

    Read the full story at: http://truthsayer.tumblr.com/

    Please share this with your family and friends by email, Facebook, Twitter, Multiply, Friendster etc. Feel free to copy and paste.

  3. pamalakaya

    Sure. I have read this article on GMANews.tv. It was a well researched piece on hacienda luisita.

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