KMP slams master list of Luisita land reform beneficiaries

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MANILA, Philippines—A militant peasant group described as a “sham” the final master list of farmers and farm workers who stand to receive land from Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac that was released by the Department of Agrarian Reform on Wednesday.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said it found the master list of agrarian reform beneficiaries who would receive land from Hacienda Luisita, a vast sugar estate owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III, to be highly questionable.

“This sham master list is based on the whims of the Cojaungco-Aquino’s and completely prejudiced the rights of legitimate farm workers,” KMP deputy secretary general Randall Echanis said in a statement.

“Even the basis of the DAR’s master list is patently illegal,” he said, referring to the DAR’s pronouncement that the final list was based on the master list submitted by Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) to the Supreme Court in 2010 during oral arguments before the high court and HLI’s list of employees under the Social Security System.

“The master list submitted by the HLI to the Supreme Court is a product of an illegal process or the bogus referendum conducted by the Cojuangcos in August 2010,” Echanis said.

“And since when did the SSS become a basis for the identification of farmer-beneficiaries?” he asked, adding, “SSS membership only proves the employer-employee relationship and is not a basis for the identification of beneficiaries.”

The KMP leader said the names of “Cojuangco loyalists” made it to the DAR’s final list. He identified them as HLI supervisor Windsor Andaya, Noel Mallari, Julio Suniga, Eldie Pingol, HLI engineer Rizalino Sotto, and Edgardo Aguas, incumbent chairman of Barangay Central inside Hacienda Luisita.

“These are the very same people who sided with the Cojuangcos, argued for the continuance of the anti-peasant stock distribution option scheme, and vigorously opposed land distribution,” Echanis added.

KMP claimed that a petition for the six names to be excluded from the list was made by Alyansa ng mga Manggagawa sa Asyenda Luisita, or Ambala, but Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio De Los Reyes said his department received no petition for exclusion at all.

The DAR posted on Wednesday its final list of agrarian reform beneficiaries on the basis of two lists, one submitted by the HLI to the Supreme Court in 2010, and the stock distribution option (SDO) referendum list in 1989, “as well as other documents with evidentiary value, such as, but not limited to, SSS records.”

“In arriving at the final master list, the DAR was guided solely by the existence of substantial evidence,” it said in a statement.

In 1988, when the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program took effect, the owners of Hacienda Luisita gave the farmers an option to own shares of stock instead of land in what was seen by some as an attempt to circumvent the law.

After a prolonged 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 of Hacienda Luisita.

The court ordered the distribution of 4,915 hectares of the estate to 6,296 farm workers.

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  • manks

    Nag KSP ang KMP… Wag na kayo sumali jan at kayo ang nag papagulo… 

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    ang mga nasa listahan mga kamag anakan pa rin ng mga aguino..BULOK na daan…

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    KMP, dapat wala kayong SAY diyan, kasi ayaw ninyo ng CARPER?

  • nes911

    Papano kayo mananalo kung kayo kayo ay nagsisiraan at nagaawayaway. Dapat sa kasong ito, kayong lahat ng nagsasaka sa hacienda ay magkaisa at hindi mag kanyakanyahan.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    01. KMP was merely questioning the Luisita land reform beneficiaries. How did they become militant for asking question? It must be DJ Yap following the orders of the Prieto family to paint the peasant farmers as militant and violent.

    02. Corona et al may have made the right decision but DAR Chief Virgilio delos Reyes is now carrying out SC’s decision according to PNoy and his family’s instructions. Therein lies the disconnect between the original intent of SC and PNoy’s anti-peasant implementation.

    03. Let’s not forget that DAR Chief Virgilio delos Reyes initially also included 5 horse caretakers of the Cojuangcos until it was exposed by the farmers.

    04. The best way to discredit the Luisita farmers is to portray them as bitterly infighting amongst themselves. DJ Yap, the writer of this article, is doing a good job following the instructions of his land-owning masters well.

    05. KMP should expose the exemption provided by DAR Chief Virgilio delos Reyes to the Prietos.

  • JIMBOYPALABOY

    ang hacienda luisita ay ayaw ipamahagi ni penoy sa mga magsasaka samantalang ang sabah ipinamimigay na niya sa malaysia
     

  • PlumberfromCanada

    at UMAASA talaga kayo na ipamimigay nila yan??…

  • etomacq

    Expect the Conjuangco/Aquino clan to sabotage the HL benifiaciary list..

    Gusto nila magkagulo ang mga benificiaries at madelay ang pamamahagi ng lupa.

    2 birds in 1 stone.

    Para nga naman pag nagkagulo at hindi kagad mapamahagi ang lupa may depensa sila na hindi na nila kasalanan yon. Tapos yun mga benificiaries mag aaway away sila sila.. 

  • disqusted0fu

    The distribution of Hacienda Luisita is what fueled Pnoy’s rage towards Corona and GMA. And if the Aquino administration was able to do what they did and are continuously doing to a former Supreme Court Chief Justice and a former President of the republic, what more do you think can they do to farmers?!

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