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Farmers group seeing ghosts in Luisita list–DAR

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio “Gil” delos Reyes. PHOTO FROM GOV.PH

Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes on Thursday challenged critics to name names and formally file their objections against the purported inclusion of horse stable hands and house helpers of President Aquino’s relatives in the preliminary list of Hacienda Luisita beneficiaries.

“That’s precisely the point why we released the preliminary list, so we can entertain protests about people who should be excluded or included from the list,” Delos Reyes told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

Delos Reyes dared the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) to give the

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) the names of the people they claimed were working

for the Cojuangco relatives of Mr. Aquino.

He said the militant farmers “are creating ghosts but they’re not prepared to show proof.”

In its statement on Wednesday, the KMP did not provide names nor produce evidence to back up its claim, saying it was only based on a “deeper scrutiny” by two groups representing Hacienda Luisita farmers.

On Oct. 31, the DAR issued a preliminary list of 5,365 farm workers who will receive parcels of agricultural land from Hacienda Luisita, the country’s biggest sugar estate owned by Mr. Aquino’s family.

Another set of 1,221 farm workers, on the other hand, were placed under a provisional list due to deficiencies in documentary evidence to prove the validity of their claim.

The KMP alleged, however, that some dubious names, such as the Cojuangco workers, were added to the preliminary list while many legitimate farm workers were placed in the

provisional list.

Seeking inclusion

 

Delos Reyes said that since the release of the preliminary list, many claimants have appeared before the DAR to seek inclusion in the list, but nobody has yet filed for the exclusion of people they believe should not have been listed.

The DAR will continue the inclusion-exclusion process until the end of November. Delos Reyes said the final list will likely be released in the first quarter of 2013.

In 1988, when the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program took effect, Hacienda Luisita offered an option to own shares of stock instead of land to the farmers, sparking a long court battle.

In May, the Supreme Court upheld with finality the decision of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council in 2005 to scrap the stock distribution option and to order the distribution of 4,915 hectares of Hacienda Luisita to 6,296 farm workers.

Since then, the DAR has sought to verify two lists of farm workers who are supposed to receive land based on that decision.


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Tags: agrarian reform , Benigno Aquino , DAR , Government , Hacienda Luisita , Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas , KMP , Virgilio delos Reyes


  • ruben_bush

    Saan nga ang prueba? sige nga KMP….. wag naman sanang puros propaganda yan ginagawa niyo. Tanggapin niyo hamon ng DAR, name names…… !!!!

  • FORTHE GOOD

    With transparency like this, releasing the list of the beneficiaries for public scrutiny, the DAR is doing the right thing.

    I can foresee PNoy distributing land titles to the farmers by next year.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Bago sunugin na naman nitong mga miracle suddenly becoming land owners ang probinsiya ng Tarlac, huwag ng gumawa ng listahan at imbitahin na lang lahat ng tiga-Tarlac na marunong mag-spell na FARMERS  sila, bigyan lahat ng lupa kawawa naman matagal na raw kasi silang dapat land owners kaya NOW NA!

  • regd

    Maybe KMP found out that they are the ghost?

  • disqusted0fu

    bottom line is, mr. Aquino, as president can have full control of this situation. and if you have control of it, putting dubious names is what exactly you will do to keep the riches within the family. i hope KMD would show legit proof for their claims because this could very well be the agenda in the guise of all the crap of the tuwid na daan.

  • Francis81

    Nasa listahan din daw ang pangalan ni Josh at Bimbi?

  • Marcial72

    Malabong maipamahagi ang lupain sa Hda. Luisita habang hindi pa na reverse ng SC sa pangunguna ni Sereno ang just compensation na P 40k per ha sa P2M per ha. kaya nga inapoint si Sereno sa SC para diyan. 

  • Cal_Reznick

    For the sake of the farmers let’s all hope that this is not just some delaying tactics preventing them from finally receiving their land. After a decision was formally made on this issue, still many issues arise that is getting in the way from them actually getting the land. The President owns this land and who ever is in power in the Philippines always wins so who really know s when will end up happening.

  • kismaytami

    Hoy DAR! Baka makalimutan nyo yung parte ni ninoy at corazon, multo rin yung mga yun.

  • mcgyver67

    KMP included thousands of  names of fake farmers from nueva ecija..kawawa naman ung talagang workers ng luisita. tsk tsk



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