Duterte hits Aquinos for excluding Hacienda Luisita from land reform

Duterte hits Aquinos for excluding Hacienda Luisita from land reform

This is the sad truth.

One of the legacy attached to the former President Corazon Aquino is the Agrarian Reform Program, wherein in simple terms it was the giving of lands from the hacienda owners to the landless farmer.

It was a noble idea and intention, but in its operation, President Cory decided to exclude the crown jewel of the family – Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.

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President Rodrigo roa Duterte in his speech during the 31st anniversary celebration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) main office in Quezon City, calls the act of the former President as  “the greatest aberration” done to farmer-beneficiaries.
The Chief executive said, he has “nothing against” the Aquino family, including the late President Corazon Aquino and her son, President Benigno Aquino III, he said farmer-beneficiaries should have been awarded portions of the land in Nueva Ecija.

“I’d like to state very clearly that I have nothing against the Aquino family. Yung dalawang presidente, pati ang pamilya (The two Presidents and the family). I’d like to put it on record that for the first two Aquino presidents, sumuporta po kami, ang pamilya namin sa Davao (our family in Davao supported them) because we believed in Corazon Aquino and I happen also to just…the best that was available at that time,” Duterte said.

Pero (But) the greatest aberration, if I look back in time…alam mo, kung ako naman siguro ang naging malapit lang naman makapag bulong (you know, if I could only suggest), to make the suggestion na (that) will not irritate yung sinasabihan ko…alam mo yung (the person I’m telling it to, you know) the greatest aberration sa (in) land reform was the Philippines was declared…the whole of the country.. as a land reform program area pero tinanggal nila ang Doña Luisita (but they excluded Dona Luisita,” he said.

The Hacienda Lusitia Massacre

President Duterte recalled the Hacienda Luisita massacre on November 6, 2004, where union farmers and activists launched a strike pushing for land reform but were violently dispersed by police and soldiers in Mendiola, Manila.
“Far and in between the years that it was fighting…I mean the tenants, marami ho ang namatay (there were a lot who died). A lot of people died…invested blood, just to realize, until late today, yung mga lupa na dapat sa kanila(the land that should have been theirs),” Duterte said.
Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones earlier bared that his agency will be distributing the remaining portions of the land in Hacienda Luisita to farmer-beneficiaries in Tarlac.

In 2012, the Supreme Court ordered the distribution of Hacienda Luisita's 4,915-hectare agriculture lands to farmer-beneficiaries. 

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