Duterte downplays Cory Aquino’s agrarian reform legacy

Duterte downplays Cory Aquino’s agrarian reform legacy

One of the centerpiece of the Corazon Aquino presidency was the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), of course her being labelled as a freedom fighter for toppling Ferdinand Marcos which led to being exiled by the latter to Hawaii, United States of America.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte downplays the legacy of Corazon Aquino for
her failure to subject under the CARP the family’s vast Hacienda Luisita.

Congress passed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law in 1988, or two years after Mrs.  Cory Aquino was propelled to the presidency through the EDSA people power revolt of 1986.

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“She exempted her land. So you call her what, the one who freed, emancipated? It’s an incongruity,” the President said.

Duterte pointed out that Cory should have proven her sincerity in uplifting the plight of the landless by promptly including Hacienda Luisita - a vast sugar estate in Tarlac, originally a 6,453-hectare sugar plantation, was owned by the Cojuangco clan, to which the late president belonged.

Instead of actual land distribution, the management of Hacienda Luisita opted for a stock distribution plan, which validity was put to question by the beneficiaries before the Supreme Court (SC). In 2011, the SC ruled that Hacienda Luisita should be distributed among farmer-beneficiaries.

Ending the communist insurgency

President Duterte in his speech in Davao city, pointed out that effective land reform is the best way to finally put an end to communist insurgency.
“You only have to make them irrelevant,” he said, referring to the communists. “The greatest promise that the communist can give is land reform. I have been at it since I became president three years ago.”

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