Stop deceiving public, protesting farmers tell DAR chief



Farmers on a hunger strike at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) building on Friday accused Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes of deceiving the public when he said his department would be able to distribute 160,000 hectares of land by the end of 2012.

For the second straight day, a scheduled meeting on Friday in Malacañang between representatives of the 56 fasting farmers and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman was called off at the last minute. The meeting was rescheduled for Saturday night.

Several dozens of the hunger strikers had passed out and had been hospitalized, but most of them were back on Friday at the DAR building in Quezon City—about a dozen on the fourth floor outside the office of De los Reyes and the rest encamped outside its compound on Elliptical Road.

Reacting to De los Reyes’ statements in an Inquirer interview, the peasant group Task Force Mapalad based in Negros Occidental province said the official was not being truthful.

“His own data show that only 49,349 hectares were covered by LAD (land acquisition and distribution),” Task Force Mapalad-Negros (TFM-Negros) president Alberto Jayme said in a statement.

“There are only three remaining working days for 2012… He is telling the President, the farmers and the entire Filipino people that in three days, he will be more than Santa Claus who will produce gifts from his sled and distribute a maximum of 140,651 hectares by Dec. 28, the last working day of the year,” Jayme said.

“He has not even distributed 50,000 ha nationwide for this year. Now, he is talking of covering 160,000 ha in three days. Mr. De los Reyes should stop deceiving the President, farmers like us and the Filipino people,” he said.

The TFM also said that based on DAR records, 38,842 ha of lands distributed in 2012 were public lands, while private agricultural lands covered only 10,507 ha. De los Reyes earlier said most of the lands left to be distributed by the DAR were private landholdings.

The group also disputed De los Reyes’ statement that it was the Department of Agriculture that was processing the P1 billion in loan assistance promised to the farmers by President Aquino in June.

Jayme said the DAR remains responsible for certifying loan applications by agrarian reform beneficiaries before they could be entertained by Land Bank of the Philippines.

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  • EdgarEdgar

    First, the administration and the state media branded the fasting farmers as militant. But the farmers came without brandishing any deadly weapon nor making threats to life or limb of anyone. Failing to portray the peacefully protesting farmers as menacing troublemakers, the administration is now playing a game of hide and seek. Scheduling meetings and calling them off at the last minute. It won’t be long before one of the farmers die of broken heart because of Noynoy’s heartlessness and the DAR chief’s deceptions. A heartlessness and deceptiveness common among hacienderos like the Cojuangcos who have lived off the sweat and blood of peasant farmers for over half a century.

    • Loggnat

      I agree with you wholeheartedly in your assessment on this one even if I do not usually agree with your posts most of the time. Specially when you call Pres. Aquino an ‘Abnoy’ because you are dissing and doing disservce to my favorite local culinary delight, ‘bibingkang abnoy’ eaten with sawsawan of suka with bawang at siling labuyo and kaning lamig. Yummmmyyy…. Back to the article, PNoy has only one course of action which is to penalized this forked-tongue public servant for not telling the truth and damaging the credibility of his administration. As my 5 year old grandson would say, he should “Zip it, lock it, and put the key in his pocket,” if Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, has no idea of what to say to the Media.

      • Adam_d_langgam

        The secretary is only following the dictates of the tenant in the palace. Woe to these farmers. The forked-tongue in this scenario is not just the secretary. The number one culprit is the fair-haired boy orchestrating this deception. To the farmers and their supporters. The Aquino’s/cojaungcos will use all the resources of this government to delay, delay and delay till the farmers die in abject misery.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Thanks Loggnat. lol!

  • tata_boy

    Pnoy, ano say mo rito?

  • demonYOU

    I’m sure that this secretary will counter their claim with more papogi points. Ang mga bulaan ay patuloy na magiging bulaan at mananatiling bulag sa katayuan ng mga magsasaka! Wala kayong honor tulad ni UrHONOR!!

  • Loggnat

     Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes is caught telling a lie! How in the frigging world can you trust this person who lied to the media straight faced. This public servant’s credibility is non-existent and should be removed and/or barred from serving as public servant in any government offices. But….. he’ll probably be promoted and given a huge bonus this holiday season. .:). Hayy buhayyy…. 

  • Kudi

    yep.  panotness, kalboness, abnoyness, baklaness, noynoyingness…

  • Klepto

    Here’s a quick answer to these farmers:
    Our politicians own most of the big lands in the country. The Osmena in Cebu, Teves in Oriental Negros, Arroyo in Occidental Negros, Zubiri in Bukidnon, Aquino-Cojuangco in Tarlac, etc. The list goes on and on. That is the reason why until now you still have no lands. CARP was originally designed to contain loopholes by the very same politicians. You as farmers will never have your own land and will remain as slaves to these politicians unless you turn your plowshears into swords. By swords I mean AK47s.

  • ???

    My family and I migrated to Canada in 1981. Three decades on, the issue of land reform still remains unresolved. In Asia, Japan offers a clear path to land reform and social reengineering but it was largely imposed upon them by foreigners during the American occupation. The Japanese nobility, zaibatsu or huge business families and buddhist orders had no choice but to give up large swathes of land. Thailand is still largely owned by big landed Chinese-Thai families except that Thailand has industrialized faster than the Philippines creating more jobs for rural Thais who decided to move to the cities, thereby making land reform less pressing issue. Malaysia’s land reform and social re-engineering came at a huge cost in the form of race riots. China’s land reform happened a decade after Mao came to power. The price for land reform in China was bloody. All landed families were sent to work in the fields and experience what farming is like. Even their children were not spared and were treated to life in an feudal agrarian society. The United States had to kill Native Americans, Mexicans and buffaloes to clear coveted farmlands. I do not see the landed elite of the Philippines voluntarily giving up assets that have sustained their lifestyle. I do not see the poor powerless farmers gaining the upper hand any time soon. Except for external trappings, time stood still in the Philippines and the country remains very much a colonial rent-seeking feudal economy with pockets of sunrise industry such as the BPO and nothing else. With such a strong popular support for a president with unimpressive credentials who hails from the same land-owning background, the social volcano must be soundly dormant. Land reform in the Philippines, the real one without loopholes, will never be achieved. Real land reform, as history has shown, is always bloody business. Landless farmers in the Philippines have a better chance of migrating to a greener pasture abroad than getting their piece of green pasture back home.

  • Albert Einstien

    as long as the OLIGARCHY controls the GOVT there will be no TRUE LAND REFORM…. : > )

  • Pitbulldog

    Natabunan na ang HLI? It is very clear why P-noy did his best to get rid of Corona because he is the main threat to their continued grip on their assets notwithstanding the obstacles he poses to his rule.   Palilipasin na lang ba yan at tutulugan ng mga kwago ni P-noy?  Distribute the lands now.

  • Fulpol

    your President is a feudal lord… what do you expect? he must protect and save his class…

  • Fulpol

    a psychologically disordered individual is so good in manipulation and deception…

    that is a fact…

  • johnnie r

    …ina-antay nilang MAMATAY isa-isa yung mga claimants!!!

  • Jose Rizal

    May saysay lang ang hunger strike na yan pag mayroong kagaya ni Ninoy na may publicity backing ng ABS-CBN at yellow media.
    Sa isip ni Noynoy…”kumita na ang Tatay ko (at Akbayan) diyan…ang uso ngayon ay ‘Hallelujah sa Tuwad kong Daan'”….

  • sievert

    mga komunista

    • Jose Rizal

      Di ba si Ninoy umanib sa kanila, para lang magkaroon ng saysay ang mga boladas niya?
      Tingnan mo ngayon sina Llamas at ang chair ng CHR, si Walden Bello (sila ang mga MASUSUWERTING KOMUNISTA).

  • kismaytami

    Nasa opisina pa kaya si secretary o nagbabakasyon na?

  • riganom

    One solution is to confiscate all lands owned by foreigners who acquired Filipino citizenship in the 1970s or during the Marcos era.  Most of the foreigners who own the lands are Chinese who acquired Filipino citizenship so that real Filipinos remain displaced from land ownership. For foreigners who acquired Filipino citizenship in the 1940s to the 1970s thru anomalous means, or are involved in bribery, tax evasion, smuggling, drug trafficking, human trafficking, unfair labor practice, cartel, substandard services and products, unfair business competition, and other bad ethical practices, the lands they acquired will also be confiscated. For those who acquired citizenship during the same period but through legitimate means they can retain their lands below 1 hectare but ownership will not be inherited by their children, it will be returned back to the government which means to Filipinos. Again, most of these are Chinese. For those foreigners who acquired citizenship and then lands in the Philippines but not through anomalous means between the 1900s and the 1940s, they can have their first generation children inherit their lands of not more than 7 hectares through the present legal set. Those more than 7 hectares, will be paid of inheritance tax 100% of the appraised value. The second generation children will pay 400% of the appraised value for inheritance tax for lands of more than 7 hectares. The 3rd generation will pay for the same land 800% of the appraised value for inheritance tax.

    By this approach, hundreds of thousands of hectares can be recovered and be redistributed back to Filipinos from foreigners. Huge amount of money can be generated to sustain the management of recovered lands for Filipinos. Only real and original Filipinos can retain ownership of huge lands. Only foreigners who became Filipino citizens without any anomalous means can retain their lands but this time not anymore huge sizes like that of Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, Concepcion of the Concepcion Industries, Gokongwei, and many other foreigners who have already controlled our country. This is land reform but with a soft approach.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Better stop the hunger strike, its not applicable in the Philippines. Those concerned might as well be laughing by now. Go home and enjoy the holidays and return to fight for your rights again.

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