Palace men to welcome farmers while Aquino is abroad



Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

MANILA, Philippines–President Benigno Aquino III’s Cabinet officials would be on hand to meet with the representatives of farmers marching to Malacañang to press for faster land distribution in accordance with the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms.

Secretary Edwin Lacierda, President Aquino’s spokesperson, said he, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Agrarian Reform Secretary Gil Delos Reyes and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala would have discussions with the farmers when they arrive at the gates of Malacañang expectedly on June 8.

Aquino left Monday for a week-long trip to the United Kingdom and the United States.

“The (farmers’) projected arrival is June 8. They’re planning to come to Malacañang. We are going to meet with them, we are more than glad to meet with them,” Lacierda said in Tuesday afternoon’s news briefing at the Palace.

Abad is a former agrarian reform secretary, having served the department in 1990 during the administration of then President Corazon Aquino, the late mother of the President.

Lacierda, meanwhile, scored Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo for coming up with the statement that the Aquino administration registered the lowest agrarian reform accomplishment rate.

Lacierda said the lowest was in 2009, when the DAR only distributed 59,495 hectares. It was the year the 20-year CARP expired.

He said the Aquino administration distributed 111,889 hectares in 2011.

“There is a serious campaign to distribute land,” Lacierda said.

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  • Rohan

    why wait for them in the palace, why not just meet them halfway… #justsaying

    • Handiong

      What’s the benefit?


    As usual…they can expect the same BS Aquino out of Lacierda…
    The palace would just serve coffee and biscuit…and the rest is the usual rhetorics of Tuwid na Daan fake pledges…

  • turkak

    Kawawang magsasaka paasahin na naman ng Malacanang !!!!

  • bongbong39

    Tong si Lasinggra kamukha na ni Abnoy maay tulo lagi ang utak nahawa na rin kay Corona at Abnoy bwehehehe

  • San Miguel

    see yellow zombiez…. your PNOY have no time for the farmers….

  • Jon

    Wag nyong kalimutang bigyan ng sardinas at biskwit ang mga magsasaka.
    Para kahit papaano, may konsuleo de bobo man lang sila.
    Alam naman natin ang track record ng administrasyong ito.
    Puro pangako pero kulang na kulang sa aksyon. 

  • Hunter421

    Give us land for free, free, free…… So we can immediately sell it!!

  • Airtarth

    At least alam ng bayan na P87 million ang gastos
    sa UK-US trip ni Pangulong Noy. Noong panahon ni Gloria Arroyo, pahirapan ang
    pag-alam ng travel expenses niya.

  • Duwuvase

    Transparent ang gobyerno pagdating sa
    travel expenses ng Pangulo. Sa termino ni Corona sa SC, tinatago ang mga
    gastusin para iwas COA

  • JastisMM

    Buti pa si PNOY busy sa trabaho sa UK at US. Si
    Corona puro drama pa rin sa pagbisita a SC.

  • Smoke_screen30

    Siyempre pipili yan si Pnoy ng opposite ni Corona. Marami naman diyan, si De lima,
    Carpio, Henares…lahat yan qualified. Im sure naman pipili si PNoy ng next chief justice na matino at iyong magiging kaagapay niya sa kanyang programang tuwid na daan.

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