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LUISITA STATEMENT

‘The hacienda is no more’

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SWEET AND SOUR The landmark decision of the Supreme Court ordering the distribution of the land is sweet victory to Hacienda Luisita workers. For the Cojuangcos, it spells the end of the family’s control of the vast sugarcane plantation and sugar milling business in Tarlac. Photo shows workers loading sugarcane on a truck on Wednesday. TONETTE OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

A spokesperson said Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) would respect the Supreme Court decision calling for the distribution to workers of the estate owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III that the Inquirer learned on Thursday owed San Miguel Corp. (SMC) P2 billion.

An SMC source said the farmworker-beneficiaries could be saddled with the debt from the nation’s highly diversified conglomerate of which Mr. Aquino’s uncle, Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, is chair. Cojuangco was a major contributor to the President’s election campaign last year.

“I’m not saying that they (hacienda owners) are happy. But they respect it. We shall abide it,” said Tony Ligon, HLI spokesperson.

“It’s not an hacienda anymore. It will be owned by individuals,” he said. “They can plant whatever they want.”

The source close to the Cojuangco family said the P2-billion obligation to SMC stemmed from advances given around 2004 to HLI as payment for sugar products that the conglomerate used for its alcoholic beverages. The source declined to be named because he was not HLI’s designated spokesperson.

“But when the workers started their protests and went on strike, the operations of the Hacienda stopped,” said the source, referring to the bloody incident in 2004 that led to legal battles over workers’ claims that a stock option plan in lieu of land distribution in the hacienda did not benefit them.

“What was originally payment for sugar became SMC’s financial assistance to the hacienda,” the source said. The SMC advances were given in three tranches totaling P1.4 billion, the source said.

“Including the running interest since then, that amount [stands at] about P2 billion now,” he added. “SMC helped Luisita during the difficult times.”

Debt to be repaid

The source explained that this HLI obligation would have to be repaid to SMC either by the government or the farmworker-beneficiaries who would receive parcels of land once the sugar plantation was broken up.

The source also pointed out that the Cojuangco family had given most HLI workers free “home lots” on which their homes were built. “This was given to them for free, so they will also have to compensate the family for this,” he said.

Using the martial law-imposed coconut levy, Danding Cojuangco, a crony of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, arranged the regime’s acquisition of First United Bank from the Cojuangco-Aquino branch of the clan in the 1970s and turned it into United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB).

At that time, the current President’s father, the assassinated opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr., was in jail and world sugar prices were at an all-time low.

While running UCPB, Danding Cojuangco acquired a majority stake in SMC, allegedly using coconut levy funds that were supposed to be used for the amelioration of millions of impoverished coconut farmer.

Then valued at P2 billion, the SMC shares were sequestered following the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, but the tycoon won control over the holdings following legal victories that lifted the sequestration. The SMC shares are now worth easily around P200 billion.

Ligon said that HLI had been paralyzed since the 2004 strike. Following the Supreme Court ruling, the company no longer has the obligation to resume operations, he said. “There is no obligation to pay wages.”

Decision not final

However, the HLI spokesperson said the court’s decision was not yet final. “There are matters to be clarified,” he said, but stopped short of saying that they would file a motion for reconsideration before the court.

Foremost is the issue of “just compensation” for HLI land, Ligon said.

In its 56-page decision, the high court said that HLI was “entitled to just compensation” for the agricultural land that will be transferred to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) prior to distribution to the farmers.

Valuation will be reckoned from Nov. 21, 1989, the court said, the date the stock option arrangement was reached between HLI and the farmworkers. The court ordered DAR and Land Bank of the Philippines to determine compensation due the hacienda.

Ligon said HLI deserved to get the fair market price for the land that would be given to the farmworkers.

Ligon noted that factors such as the date of the taking, the current market valuation and the value of agricultural land in the surrounding areas should be considered. “We are not the ones who will decide it. It’s the Supreme Court,” he said.

He noted that when SCTEx brought parts of the hacienda in 2001 for the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, it paid HLI P100 per square meter. Some parts of the hacienda were sold at a higher rate, he said.

Appeal under study

Apart from just compensation, HLI wants to clarify the issue of the beneficiaries.

About 6,200 farmworkers agreed in 1989 to get a third of the shares of stock in HLI in lieu of land. But over the years, the number had ballooned to 10,000 as their relatives joined them to work in the hacienda, Ligon said.

Vigor Mendoza, another HLI lawyer, said the company wanted a “universal” solution to the land reform issue, pointing to a potentially “bigger problem” as the court ruling leaves 4,000 farmers landless, he said. “Will they be left by the wayside?”

HLI would study if it would appeal the ruling. If it leads to more trouble in the plantation, “we will have to tell the court that,” Mendoza said.


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Tags: Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco , Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) , President Benigno Aquino III , San Miguel Corp. , Supreme Court decision


  • Robert Procopio

    Tama na daldal.  I distribute kung i di distribute.  Anak ng pitong kuba na drama na 4,000 na yan.  Di problema yan.  Yung ibang lupa ng mga Cojuangco-Aquino ibigay sa kanila.

  • Anonymous

    At kaninong kasalanan kaya nagkaroon ng ganyang problema? Mga magsasaka ba ang nag desisyon nung 2004? Hindi naman kundi ang pamilya Cojuangco. Dapat sila magbayad nung utang ng HLI sa SMC at hindi ang mga magsasaka.

    • Anonymous

      ang nakakagulat sa SMC may utang… kampamilya rin Cojuanco pa rin .. di kaya unggoyan lang iyan …talaga naman oo and PNOY assured us na para siya sa mahihirap … iyun pala mahirap silang kausap

      • http://twitter.com/vitoquirog vito quirog

        stop it. you don’t know wat you’re talking about!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    Kung di kasali ang 4000, eh di sila ang bigyan niyo ng SDO. Ala kung hindi niyo gagawin yan kayo rin ang mapeperwisyo. Isipin niyo 4000 sasanib sa NPA tapos ang target nila ay ang natitirang lupa ng HL. Yung proceed ng lupa ang ibayad niyo ng utang sa SMC. Hindi sila ang nangutang.

  • Anonymous

    …i just wonder how the will be distributed farm land of less than a hectare per recipient will do.  at ang sabi nila ay tataniman nila ang makukuhang lupa nang mga gulay at hindi na tubo. i’ll bet, hindi aabot ang two years from awarding, ang mga lupa na ibinigay sa kanila ay ibibinta rin!…

    …a land reform with perfect intention and definition…but definitely will be a failure!!!

    ..nandoon ang isa-sangla muna, then dahil hindi na matutubos ibiibininta na lang!!

    ..calling subdivision developers…this is your chance for property speculation!!!!

    • John

      i think there are safeguards made for this:
      titles (TCT) will be released after 25 years, what you will have is a deed of sale and some sort of certificate;
      if land will be sold, it would still pass thru a review board.
      i agree to your opinion that the land will be less productive, as you had said,
      “a land reform with perfect intention and definition…but definitely will be a failure!!!”

      definitely, a decision spurred by emotion.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

        mr John,

        you have a name after a saint but you are acting the other way, if you are a business minded person I cannot blame on you.There is always a culture of “GREED” in the business and it is a virus that spreads thru-out the world.They are the forces that runs the government but in this case, I would say a good start for the farmers.Pls, do not use the words ,”if”, “I think” because it shows only your weakness.

      • John

        yes…nice to feel to own a land of your own as big as 4900/10000=0.5 hectares…
        the I THINK was to support that the land could not be sold by the farmers wtin 25 years (the TCT release).
        the IF is part of the conditional statement meaning IN CASE OF and does not mean IN DOUBT.
        no offense meant there…it’s just that the land could be more productive when on a stock option (considering that what the farmers will have is just a small piece)…therefore the farmer could also receive more.
        it is not greed..it is REALITY

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      Camilo,

      then that is there freedom dahil sila ang may-ari sila ang dapat mag-decide at hindi ikaw di ba?
      isangla mo ang iyo,ibinta mo ang iyo…kung meron ka at wala silang paki-alam !!!

      • Anonymous

        The Cojuangco&Aquino Inc in cahoots with de Lima Lima Cinco can always not heed the Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court.

        Could this be the revenge of Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court for disrespecting them?  HAWR! HAWR! HAR!

  • Anonymous

    This just shows you how greedy these Cojuangcos are. After they earned billions from the land which they got from the government, after they got control of SMC which is worth 200 billions now, again using government money, now they want to collect additional 2 billions from the beneficiary farmers.

    For the Cojuagcos greed is not just good….it’s great!!!

    • John

      please read thoroughly the story on the coco levy and the Cojuangco clan.  it was published sometime ago also here in PDI. just an advice, before you got a heart attack.

      • Anonymous

        magsasaka ang tatay ko at natatandaan ko na may coupon na kapalit ang bawat kopra na ibenebenta namin noon.. then duamting ang time na may bumili ng mga coupons… iyon pala si Danding Cojuangco ang bumilibili.. niloko niya ang maraming magsasak sa Laguna at di ko malilimutan na isa ang tatay ko… now sa kanya na ang Coco Bank..SHAME ON THE CONJUANCOS

      • Anonymous

        malaya1962, binili ba kamo ni danding sa inyo ang coupons? then niloko ang tatay mo. hindi ba kau binayaran? ibinenta ba ng tatay mo ng kusa?  palinaw naman. 

  • Anonymous

    Since it was well rumored of the NPA’s infiltrating this vast sugar land located between Concepcion and San Miguel Tarlac and in fact were instrumental in encouraging these farmer’s militant fervor, now that they have succeeded owning this vast land holding, do you think the NPA will stop at nothing?  Expect these NPA’s soon harassing foreign manufacturers inside the San Miguel industrial complex near Luisita to pay revolutionary tax?  If you are a foreign investor, given this threatening situation, would you still stay in this complex?

  • Anonymous

    The issue here is now ”just compensation to HLI”. The Department of Agrarian Reform will pay HLI and distribute the land to the farmers. believe you me, the farmers will eventually sell thier “rights” to somebody else. Mangu-ngutang sila ng pang-simula….mangungutang nang mangu-ngutan hanggang nakabaon sila sa utang. I am not surprised if thier land land will end to……HLI. Sino nalugi? gobyerno ni Pinoy. Sinong kimita? pamilya ni Pinoy.

  • John

    i could not follow and connect to the main topic your story re Cojuangco’s SMC shares acquisition thru the coco levy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RGQL6AL46RJZSUF7NVPD5Z5QM4 ji p

    Hmmm… interesting.  I try to see if there are some disclosure on SMC’s financials about this but can’t find anything maybe because the Php2B is actually not material enough to be disclosed on the financial statement and I can not find any HLI FS to see what is really going on (Anyone who have a copy?).  Because I have a feeling the Cojuangco’s has no interest on fighting this anymore.  My view is that this will free up Cojuangco’s from their liability with SMC and they can move on to their next venture.  Just something to think about, who would be the winner and who will be the losers on this decision?  Is this a win for the farmers or the Cojuangco’s?

    • Anonymous

      hahaha.,..alam ko na yata ang trabaho mo! big 4 ka ba? Sa inyo ang SMC? :) 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RGQL6AL46RJZSUF7NVPD5Z5QM4 ji p

        toinks! wrong.  I am highly interested in investing and I just like reading company’s annual reports.  I also like studying the mechanics of companies and economy.  I draw my interest on Smallville with its conspiracy angle surrounding corporations. In short, I like geeking around!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      Conjuanco’s/Aquino’s still liable for a loan made to SMC…technically it is considered as personal loan because the land was not owned by them in the first place.You cannot declare as collateral for the loan unless you own it and in fact the SC ask the HLI to repay the farmers P1.33billion worth of the land they sold to private buyers clearly, they are in violation of contract against the farmers.For the P2billion loan to SMC, it should be the same scenario…farmers win unless politics wanna play !!!

      • Anonymous

        The Cojuangco&Aquino Inc in cahoots with de Lima Lima Cinco can always not heed the Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court.

        Could this be the revenge of Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court for disrespecting them?  HAWR! HAWR! HAR!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2SWD2TVNX5354ZVMAOMARAD5HY Pakurhalla

    No matter how we spin our comments here,the decision to give land to the
    Hacienda Luisita farmers by SUPREME COURT WAS A  LANDMARK  DECESION
    which was voted upon by 14 of the 15 Supreme Court justices. SWEET
    JUSTICE NEVER COME EASY. The OPPRESSED FARMERS of HACIENDA LUISITA
    endures so much in pain and suffering FOR DECADES when the
    AQUINO-COJUANGCO CLAN circumvent the CARP JUST TO HOLD ON TO THEIR SO
    CALLED HACIENDA.  NOW PAYBACK TIME is SWEETER THAN EVER. We all can say
    that JUSTICE IS SERVED in A SILVER PLATTER, A moment of history to
    ponder and a joyous time  for the FARMERS OF HACIENDA LUISITA.
    NOW ALL ROADS COME TO AN END at HACIENDA LUISITA.

  • Anonymous

    Ang sabi ni Peping Cojuangco sa interview na napanood ko sa TV, as individual lots hindi raw kikita ang magsasaka. Of course hindi kikita yun. Ang ginawa ninyong paraan naman eh para kumita kayo lalo imbes na matulungan ang mga magsasaka at ihanda sila kapag sila na ang may-ari ng lupa. Gumawa kayo ng corporasyon na hawak ninyo na kayo ang mas nakikinabang.

  • Anonymous

    “I’m not saying that they (hacienda owners) are happy. But they respect it. We shall abide it,” 

    ayan naman pala eh walang problema sa mga COJUANGCO na i-distribute ‘yon HACIENDA LUISITA.

    ANG KABA NG MGA MAGSASAKA NGAYON AY BAKA MAGBAGO NA NAMAN ANG DECISION NG SUPREME COURT.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      Bruno,

      sanay na ang ating magsasaka…huwag naman sana !

  • Anonymous

    ‘The hacienda is no more’,,,there never were in the first place, the Cojuangco’s were supposed to give back the land to its original tennants after 10 years based on their agreement with GSIS who had lent them the money, 7 farmers dead and 50 years later still no land insight for the original tenant farmers, THE HACIENDA IS NO MORE, correction please,,, there never were! there were only the farmers making a living working on their land till the Cojuangco’s got wise and took over the land using the very same peoples money.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      wehd1nga,

      absolutely right, but then when politics plays a role they are most likely to find a hole over the law and that’s so sad because it requires a lot of monies and power which the farmers doesn’t have any.In other words…no guts no glory if the farmers didn’t fight !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QJUD47DAPM2Y5J3AEMCE2C624 John TWT

    There certainly is more to this issue than meets the eye.

    Dito malalaman ng bayan ang anatomy of a class war, which will reflect the way this oppression and exploitation of the poor has been going on since the birth of the peninsulares and the ilustrados. They are joined right now by some of the Chinese taipans, who learned how to exploit the Indios through the examples laid down by the mestizo elites during the Spanish and American colonial eras.

    I would love to witness this as it unfolds before our eyes…the true nature of our woes as Filipinos. The social and economic divide that has grown and deepened through the centuries…and has made this country the basketcase that it is now.

  • Amanjeet Singh Sandhu

    My respect for President Aquino is more than ever. I don’t think any other recent president’s would allow this to happened under their watch.

    • Anonymous

      you think so? the ahole in malacanang is crazy and nutz and is a lapdog who will jump high when obama tells him to jump and ask “how high master?”

    • Anonymous

      It was GMA who ordered that in 2004, then blocked by the HLI lawyers and raised to SC, your PeNoy president promised to distribute that in 2 months, it never happened, he did not even bring it in any of his empty speech.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6DGZT46LREAAMKK52IABUXXFD4 Mitchell

    Nothing is what is seems. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63EF7GX4LHS3IQZGWJD2ZQU72M ganda

    so ngayon nakikita na natin may katotohanan ang mga lumalabas na video sa youtube. coco levy fund, SMC, yung highway na pinagawa papunta luisita..etc. “hands off ha” sure hands off infront of the camera pero todo hawak sa mga mahihirap sa luisita.

  • Anonymous

    Matapos ang kasiyahan sa pagkapanalo ng mga magsasaka, ngayon naman dapat harapin ang katototohanan. Syempre, kung may benefit, may obligation din.

  • Anonymous

    only farmworkers who first worked at the hacienda should be the beneficiaries of the land

  • Anonymous

    efff this issue that is now being used to cover up the video about the hidden wealth of the cojuangcos that made them who they are now and america is now aware that the lost treasure that they couldn’t find during the war was concealed by the cojuangcos. shame eh!

  • Anonymous

    The government should not pay ! This will be very weird. Later when PNoy finishes his term he will be sued.  The government should not pay. It is the problem of HLI and HLI should pay. If the govnt will pay on HLIs behalf then it is like Mike Arroyo seeling old choppers to the government. This is ridiculous !

    • lucidlynx

      in fact, the ruling implies that HLI must be compensated justly for the land taken away from them. the government will have to pay that to HLI on behalf of the farmers. that is in the law!

      that is not only the problem. HLI owes San Miguel Corporation 2-billion pesos. once it undergoes land reform, the  “new” owners, meaning the individual farmers, will also “own” the liabilities of the former HLI. HLI will be no more. it is a fact that when you inherit assets, you also inherit the liabilities. and that is also true here.

      those farmers have just made their lives more miserable. and what will happen if they can’t pay? SMC will sue them and SMC will get their land.

      • Anonymous

        then the Cojuangco’s get HLI back… matalino talaga.  The farmers should just sell HLI malaki problema nila since dami obligations ng Hacienda sa labas… Or the government can sell HLI to pay SMC and the rest should go to the farmers – but only to those original 6000 that sued the company. 

        All monetary obligations of the company should be paid using the assets of the company itself and not by the taxpayers.  Ano naman benefit namin/natin if we pay for the liabilities of HLI? 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

        i don’t think that would be the case, first of all HLI’s loan from SMC is a direct loan from the company meaning SMC’s have to go after the remaining assets of HLI which is owned by the Conjuanco’s.Somebody if not all of the Conjuancos escpecially Danding C will be held liable for loan when it was executed after the contract ends with in ten yrs.They all knew (Conjuanco clan) that the land are subject to distribution after the contract,clearly there was a violation just like selling all stocks before the collapse (inside trader as we call it).Farmers are only liable for the trasmission of ownership and are not liable for any of the loan..to be fair with farmers, they did not earn anything from the P2billion loan and in fact the SC is asking the HLI to pay the farmers P1.33billion of the land they sold to private buyers…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      KpTul,
       the government will give only assistance during the transmission of ownership process but not the loan in fact, the SC is asking the HLI to repay the farmers a total of P1.33billion worth of the land they sold to private buyers.So, technically sila lang ang nakikinabang sa perang hindi talaga dapat sa kanila…ganoon din ang P2billion loan the farmers were not the beneficiaries so it’s very obvious na parang personal loan ang perang iyan…but if politics will play a role,it might a disaster for the farmers dahil matatagalan na naman!

  • Anonymous

    did you not know that danding cojuangco confirmed that he and his family are not the owners of the SMC and that they are just shareholders. just so you know.

    • Anonymous

      shareholders are owners of the corporation, just so you know.  i’m not saying i’m pro danding but you seem to spread wrong info.

    • Anonymous

      bro, shareholders are owners of the corporation. Kahit 1 share lang hawak mo, may ari ka pa din ng corporation na matatawag.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7V3LRKVRNZAHKZKPRLAFIJXA5E Ming Mow

    okay toh ah, pinaiikot lang ang mga magsasaka, ngayon may utang naman ang HLI sa SMC na sobra laki ng share ng mga Cojuancots, at presidente nilang si Penoy. kukunin daw sa share nila yung ibabayad na 2bilyon na utang ng HLI hahaha. patawa talaga tong mga Cojuancots at Penoy mga mukhang pera. ang tanga talaga ng mga Yellowtards na naniniwala kay penoy. 

  • Anonymous

    What is important now is the HLI has no objection to the ruling of the SC. They will abide what the supreme court tells, that’s the news yesterday. So its good news for the farmers and for the Filipino people who waits this case be resolved. And for the Cojuanco’s  & Aquino’s who is willing to accept the verdict of the SC. Aren’t the HLI deserves a little commendation for this as well?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7V3LRKVRNZAHKZKPRLAFIJXA5E Ming Mow

      what are you stupid the HLI deserves no commendation at all also the Cojuancots, Aquinos, and Penot’s if they were willing to distribute the land to the farmers in the first place that was clearly agreed upon when they ask the World Bank for a loan then this case should not have reached the court. Please lang wag na kayong manghawa ng kamangmangan at kabobohan nyo mga Yellowtards.

      • Anonymous

        So what are you? Gloriatards? Hey, its my opinion now if you don’t agree then fine but don’t trample my rights as if you know everything. Why are you so angry with PNOY? why are you so jealous? Isn’t because he is doing the right thing? Ikaw ang mangmang at makitid ang utak dahil puro nalang kamalian, pankokotya ng isang leader ang nakikita mo. Ikaw ang may problema kaibigan. Magbago ka na nga.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    dibale hindi na problema ng farmers yon…. basta ibigay sa farmer yung lupa.. ano man corporate debts ng HLI bahala na yung owners ng HLI mag hanap ng pera 

  • Anonymous

    And for the information of everybody, the land owner who was affected by the land reform will receive just compensation of the property converted to CARP basing on the current BIR zonal value (usually lower compared to current fair market value). While the recipient of the CARP (farmers) will also pay the government according to the land total each received, in 30 years term, depending on their agreement. So its not really free but their is an obligation as well for the farmers but i think this is in a lower value rate. So both the land owner & CARPrecipients will have an equal treatment. That’s the CARP law.

  • Anonymous

    May utang? Ang laki-laki nang kinikita sa SCTEX araw-araw, tapos may binayad din ang gobyerno para sa right-of-way diyan. Kumita ba ang farmers sa perang yan, na dapat naman dahil sa SDO at stockholders sila? Mga mandaraya lang talaga tong mga Cojuangco na to.

    • Nelson Isaga

      Do they still have that illegal toll gate at Luisita exit of SCTEX?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RGQL6AL46RJZSUF7NVPD5Z5QM4 ji p

    Who will pay the just compensation?  Why not check DBM’s budget for 2011.  I wonder if the HLI is already included in this budget. If it is, then you can just connect the dot.

    • Anonymous

      The gov’t of course since they get the land from HLI thru CARP. In return the farmers will pay the gov’t of the agreed price. Its govt’ bank to bank transaction (LBP, DBP). Tha’ts in the CARP LAW.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RGQL6AL46RJZSUF7NVPD5Z5QM4 ji p

        Very good!  The SC decision with regards to HLI is not bad for the Cojuangco’s afterall. I just hope that the interest is not too high (I wish it is NIL with 30 years to pay) and banks will be easy on them so the farmers will not have a hard time paying and hopefully they do not end up bankrupt.

      • http://twitter.com/radows rad

        hmmm…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      ji p,

      don’t worry, it will take another President to go after them !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leon-Yobar/100002513487017 Leon Yobar

    Justice at last! Yan ang Presidente ko just wish they will not appeal.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7V3LRKVRNZAHKZKPRLAFIJXA5E Ming Mow

       presidente mong Panot ay Cojuancot sakanila ang HLI bobo! dahil sa mga taong bobong katulad mo kaya mahirap ang pilipinas

      • Anonymous

        Kasama ka rin sa nagpahirap sa Pinas kaya ganon ang asta mo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKSZ7ZW7D4TY5J3TXOWLCXGQZY yuyu

    WE EXPECT NA PATAAS ANG PRESYO NG ASUKAL SA SUSUNOD NA MGA BUWAN,,DAHIL DI NA MAKONTROL AMG GOBYERNO DIRECTLY ANG ASUCARERA DE TARLAC,,EXPECT THE WORSE!!AT SIGURADO YUNG MGA TAO NA BIBGYAN NG LUPA AY ALA NG PANGTUSTOS SA KANILANG PANANIM,THEN WHAT?

    • Anonymous

      Where did you get your bull that the government is directly controlling the azucarera de tarlac.At bakit mo nilalait ang kakayanan ng mga magsasaka na magsasaka?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      Yuyu,
      follow the law over asukal, diabetic ka ba???…bakit sobra ang galit mo sa mga farmers dahil lang tataas sa presyo ng asukal?…kung wala na silang pangtutos sa kanilang pananim di tumulong ka kasi pakialamero kang tao !!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKSZ7ZW7D4TY5J3TXOWLCXGQZY yuyu

        MARAMING PRODUKTO ANG GAMIT AY ASUKAL,DI AKO PAKIALAMERO,,IYAN ANG TUNAY NA MANGYAYARI SA SUSUNOD NA MGA ARAW DAHIL AYAW NG MAGTANIM NG TUBO ANG MGA TAO DIYAN SA LUISITA!!MAGIGING TAMAD NA ANG MGA  YAN DAHIL SA AKALA NILA MABUBUHAY SILA KUNG NASAKANILA NA ANG LUPA,,TSAKA IKAW SIGURO DI KA NAMAN TAGA DIYAN ANO??

  • Anonymous

    The farmers will still need to be watchful though…Even if the farmers celebrate their victory, the Cojuangcos will still get the last laugh… What if on the eve of the land transfer, the Cojuangcos will pour sand with salt  on the land to be given while the farmer beneficiaries are still in their deep slumber? this may just be a possibility of a sabotage…They can have the land but it will not be productive for the farmers….another blunder perhaps….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6U25GIY66GOY64DA3QY7OEB54 ricky

    Away-lupa? Tsk? Mukhang wala nang katapusan ito.

  • Anonymous

    4900 hectares => 49,000,000 sq.m x P500/sq. m = P24.5 billion… whew…

  • Anonymous

    well, cojuangco-aquino no more… no big deal here, matagal na namang may away ang Kapamilya ng mga ito dahil sa pera at powers.  i just pity FantasticNoy these days, he has become disoriented sa dami ng ‘problema’ na mina-micro manage nya coupled with this i’m sure nauutot na sya sa batikos ng mga kapamilya nyang land grabber and equally corrupt.

  • Anonymous

    Kung walang Corrupt, walang mahirap. well ang daming mahirap sa mismong bakuran ng mga Cojuangco-Aquino. let’s do the math.

    • Anonymous

      Eh ano gustong mong palabasin??? Ipamudmud yong kayaman ng mga mayayaman??? Ako mahirap din dati, kaya lang nagsusumikap kaya kahit papano ay nakara-os din. Yon talaga ang buhay. Yong mga daliri nga natin ay hindi pantay pantay ganon din ang pamumuhay.

      • Anonymous

        that Pnoy’s rhetoric is flawed, specifically because he blames poverty on corruption. Because, if he is as saintly as his supporters proclaim, why does his family have so many poor people around them? why is it that it the CARP law was a showcase legislation of his mother and yet they were exempted from this for so long?

        What i am saying is that “walang corrupt, walang mahirap”, “daang matuwid” kayo boss ko” etc. are just all just POLITICAL SLOGANS and actual practice is still so corrupt.

  • Anonymous

    Great for the Farmers and Bad for the Consumers. Everything will go up coz sugar production will go down. Just can’t imagine all the products that contains sugar. The farmers got their land but they will end up paying for more of their basic needs. Even everyday coffee will cost more and transportation will go up coz the drivers has to pay more for their coffee. I wonder how they will divide the land and what about the right of way.

  • Anonymous

    Danding Cojuangco is the major contributor to P-noy’s presidential candidacy while bankrolling another nephews candidacy.  Sigurista!
    While the Cojuangco-Aquino branch of the family was down with their patriarch Ninoy in jail, Danding engineered the acquisition from them the First United bank which later on became the United Coconut Planters Bank. Oportunista!
    Despite all the manipulations of events and facts, the blood that was spilled by the assasination of Ninoy leads to Danding’s doorsteps, a secret the Pampango nation cannot hide from the rest of the country anymore.
    Danding’s money that use to buy newsmen and the guns he uses to silence dissent before won’t be of any weight to the residents of cyberspace.
    The truth is finally knocking on your door.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      should be the next guy to fall???..maybe after Pnoys term !!!

  • Anonymous

    Akala ko talaga wala na ang Hacienda, yon pala nagpalit lang ng pangalan,
    From “Hacienda Luisita to Hacienda IsNoMore” seguro mayaman din ito katulad ng mga Cojuangco.

  • Anonymous

    haha wow, galing naman yung mga Cojuangco! First they get a multi-billion loan from SMC, now they are passing it onto the farmers who had no say or benefit from taking out the loan.  I’m pretty sure this is the strategy that the Cojuangco’s have been planning, if in case, they “lost” the court battle.  Then all they have to do is buy back their land from the farmers, using the money they kept from the SMC loan. SOME PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN OTHERS (kuno)!

  • Chua Bee

    next is the cocofed levy

  • Chua Bee

    so since the farmers cannot pay the 2 Billion, the Cojuancos asked the government to pay the 2 B.

    What??? What a scheme. Ganid talaga. So now, tayo na-nagbabayad ng buwis ay babayad sa 2B? Para na ring ibinenta nila ang lote ng 2Billion sa gobyerno at tayo ang magbayad para sa mga magsasaka!!! 
    This is a corporate greed. They sell the land to the government for 2B and distribute it to the farmers. And the government is headed by Aquinos a relative of Cojuancos. Obviously, approbahan. What a scheme and what a shame!!!! This is unethical and another form of corruption !

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KT4NUAWYJW4KWKWJCSA5SW7O4 Romeo

      There is no satisfying you.. you’re probably living in a fairy tale land, where everything comes for free. 

    • Anonymous

      If the Sc ruled for the Cojuangcos and upheld the stock option, sasabihin mo, sinuhulan ang SC ng mga Cojuangco, o inipit ni Pnoy or both. Ngayong nagrule ang SC na ipamahagi ang lupa at huwag na stock option na pabor sa mga magsasaka, , kasalanan pa rin ni Pnoy at pabor pa rin sa mga Cojuangco.
      Ano ba talaga ang gusto mo na gawin ng korte? Lahat na lang mali. Sige nga, ikaw nga magdesisyon at bakit? Parang napakagaling mo naman masyado, ikaw lang yata ang marunong.

  • Anonymous

    Tumahimik yata si P-noy sa usaping ito.   Mag press release ka naman.  Tingnan natin kung hidi ka batuhin ng kamatis ng mga cojuanco.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OAFZIN56TAAM73TEKNPNEBQV3U AdrianD

    yan danding conjuanco na yan needs to be investigated isama mo na din si lucio tan.

    some of their businesses came from a very mystical (corrupt) beginings

  • Anonymous

    Of course Pnoy is silent…mahaba pa yan…meantime..let us find the next leader who will serve like Lee Kuan Yew..

  • Anonymous

    There are several big land owners like in bacolod and negros and in mindanao they should also distribute  these lands tot he farm workers.  Even the Arroyos are also big land owners.

    • Nelson Isaga

      I agree.  Feudalism and landlordism no longer have a place in modern-day Philippines.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    there will be another Onpin in the making, the Cojuangcos will be given loans to fund their loans from SMC and the farmers a total of 3.33billion…let us be vigilant, our tax money will be at risk one reason why the government is under-spending…Danding C is dangerous as Marcos!!!

  • Anonymous

    “The Cojuanco family had given HLI workers FREE homelots….this was given to them FREE, so they would have to compensate the family for it”.. WTF!! Free but you have to pay??!! Mali ba basa ko?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWCDONNSCWXM7Q27GXWHEV2I7Q Sinner saved by grace

    I  am sure that some of   these farmers  will not  handle  the  land that  will be given  to them and  will sell  it  to  other rich people  at  a lower price then the farmers will go to the city and  become  professional squatters. 

  • Anonymous

    Dapat ang binigyan ng lupa yong mga squatters sa Metro Manila.
    Yon mga nakatira sa river bank ng Pasig river, doon sa Malabon, Baseco at kung saan saan pa.
    Hindi naman naghihirap yan mga trabahador ng Hacienda Luisita dahil ang may ari Bilyonaryo na si Cojuanco, alalga sila. Pressure lang yan ng mga makakaliwa gaya ng Bayan.

    And mahihirap talaga yon mga squatters. Kung ayaw bigyan ng lupa, ibigay na rin ang Malacanang tutal Cojuanco rin naman si Pnoy. Pag naibigay yan lalong mamahalin is Pnoy ng mga Pinoy.

    • Anonymous

      The Cojuangco&Aquino Inc in cahoots with de Lima Lima Cinco can always not heed the Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court.

      Could this be the revenge of Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court for disrespecting them?  HAWR! HAWR! HAR!

  • Anonymous

    and now the question is… Pano papatakbuhin ng mga magsasaka ang lupang nakuha nila?

    • Anonymous

      The Cojuangco&Aquino Inc in cahoots with de Lima Lima Cinco can always not heed the Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court.

      Could this be the revenge of Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court for disrespecting them?  HAWR! HAWR! HAR!

  • Anonymous

    The 2 billion are no problem. The farmers have nothing to do with HLI, did not sign a loan and did not getany centavo of it. HLI has to declare bankrupt if there is no other solution. The money came from SDanding’s SMC and he is also stakeholder at HLI. Means he gave at least a part of the loan to himself.
    Since Luisita was bought with GSIS money under the condition to divide and distribute it to the farmers, not for buying it as personal property of the late Cojuangko, all the use during decades was ipractically llegal. The loan contract was conditional and very clear.

    • Anonymous

      The Cojuangco&Aquino Inc in cahoots with de Lima Lima Cinco can always not heed the Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court.

      Could this be the revenge of Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court for disrespecting them?  HAWR! HAWR! HAR!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWCDONNSCWXM7Q27GXWHEV2I7Q Sinner saved by grace

    The question is, can the farmers handle  the land distribution  and  the  production of sugar  effeciently and effectively the  way HLI  did  it  for  many  years.  Knowing the mentality of  Filipinos, kanya kanya system ang mangyayari at  matutulad  ang HL sa  ibang lupain na naconvert  into  subdivisions  like the ones in  Bulacan.

    • Anonymous

      The Cojuangco&Aquino Inc in cahoots with de Lima Lima Cinco can always not heed the Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court.

      Could this be the revenge of Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court for disrespecting them?  HAWR! HAWR! HAR!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWCDONNSCWXM7Q27GXWHEV2I7Q Sinner saved by grace

    the question is, can the farmers  work   as  efficiently and  effectively  to  produce sugar and coffee  the way HLI  has  been doing  it  for many years?  kanya kanya system ang mangyayari at individual na bentahan until maisahan na naman sila ng ibang mayayaman.  after HLI,  will the Supreme Court also decide on other  vast  land  properties of  the Hacienderos  in many parts of Luzon and Visayas?

    • Anonymous

      The Cojuangco&Aquino Inc in cahoots with de Lima Lima Cinco can always not heed the Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court.

      Could this be the revenge of Arroyo’s Rubber Stamp Supreme Court for disrespecting them?  HAWR! HAWR! HAR!

  • http://twitter.com/siokoy889 Sio Koy

    once the land is distributed among the claimants, there should be an agency (sponsored by gov’t/dar, etc) who would assists and teach them how to be productive and efficient. the ‘hacienda’ should function as a single agricultural entity (with several owners) in order to maintain its advantage as an agri-center and its relevance to the region… the moment when, let’s say farmer 1 decides to plant kamote while farmer 2 sticks to plant tubo, then farmers 3-500 decide to sell their portion to a land developer, and the list will go on, this would spell disaster to the farm workers (claimants) themselves.. while the intention (land distribution) is good, this is counter productive and contrary to its intended purpose — to uplift the lives of the farm workers.

    since the gov’t (PNoy) pretends to be supportive on this, pls continue to do so and let this be the day when we see farmers enjoying the fruit of their labor and living comfortably — if this happens, mababawasan na ang breeding ground for future NPA’s………

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P27UWAEDCMLMBGO3VQ3LO7BMA4 Renato

      IBEBENTA NA YAN KAY HENRY SY PARA MAG KAROON SILA NG SHOEMART SA LUGAR NILA. HEHEHEHE!!

  • Anonymous

    Mabuhay si MON TULFO! Mabuhay ang Supreme Court! Mabuhay si GMA, ang
    namukod tanging Presidente sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na nag pa ungkat
    sa kaso ng Hacienta Luisita! Ng dahil kay GMA nagkaroon ng lupa ang mga
    magsasaka!  Ang isipin dapat ng madlang Pilipino, ikinulong si GMA ni
    Pinoy ng walang kakuwenta kuwentang kaso na election sabotage dahil
    ngitngit na ngitngit si PNoy kay GMA ng inumpisahan ni GMA ipa imbestiga
    ang Hacienta Luisita!

  • Anonymous

    Mabuhay ang Supreme Court! Mabuhay si GMA, ang
    namukod tanging Presidente sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na nag pa ungkat
    sa kaso ng Hacienta Luisita! Ng dahil kay GMA nagkaroon ng lupa ang mga
    magsasaka!  Ang isipin dapat ng madlang Pilipino, ikinulong si GMA ni
    Pinoy ng walang kakuwenta kuwentang kaso na election sabotage dahil
    ngitngit na ngitngit si PNoy kay GMA ng inumpisahan ni GMA ipa imbestiga
    ang Hacienta Luisita!

  • Anonymous

    Mabuhay ang Supreme Court! Mabuhay si GMA, ang
    namukod tanging Presidente sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na nag pa ungkat
    sa kaso ng Hacienta Luisita! Ng dahil kay GMA nagkaroon ng lupa ang mga
    magsasaka!  Ang isipin dapat ng madlang Pilipino, ikinulong si GMA ni
    Pinoy ng walang kakuwenta kuwentang kaso na election sabotage dahil
    ngitngit na ngitngit si PNoy kay GMA ng inumpisahan ni GMA ipa imbestiga
    ang Hacienta Luisita!

  • Anonymous

    Mabuhay ang Supreme Court! Mabuhay si GMA, ang
    namukod tanging Presidente sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na nag pa ungkat
    sa kaso ng Hacienta Luisita! Ng dahil kay GMA nagkaroon ng lupa ang mga
    magsasaka!  Ang isipin dapat ng madlang Pilipino, ikinulong si GMA ni
    Pinoy ng walang kakuwenta kuwentang kaso na election sabotage dahil
    ngitngit na ngitngit si PNoy kay GMA ng inumpisahan ni GMA ipa imbestiga
    ang Hacienta Luisita!

  • Anonymous

    Mabuhay ang Supreme Court! Mabuhay si GMA, ang
    namukod tanging Presidente sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na nag pa ungkat
    sa kaso ng Hacienta Luisita! Ng dahil kay GMA nagkaroon ng lupa ang mga
    magsasaka!  Ang isipin dapat ng madlang Pilipino, ikinulong si GMA ni
    Pinoy ng walang kakuwenta kuwentang kaso na election sabotage dahil
    ngitngit na ngitngit si PNoy kay GMA ng inumpisahan ni GMA ipa imbestiga
    ang Hacienta Luisita!

  • Anonymous

    Mabuhay ang Supreme Court! Mabuhay si GMA, ang
    namukod tanging Presidente sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na nag pa ungkat
    sa kaso ng Hacienta Luisita! Ng dahil kay GMA nagkaroon ng lupa ang mga
    magsasaka!  Ang isipin dapat ng madlang Pilipino, ikinulong si GMA ni
    Pinoy ng walang kakuwenta kuwentang kaso na election sabotage dahil
    ngitngit na ngitngit si PNoy kay GMA ng inumpisahan ni GMA ipa imbestiga
    ang Hacienta Luisita!

  • Anonymous

    Mabuhay ang Supreme Court! Mabuhay si GMA, ang
    namukod tanging Presidente sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na nag pa ungkat
    sa kaso ng Hacienta Luisita! Ng dahil kay GMA nagkaroon ng lupa ang mga
    magsasaka!  Ang isipin dapat ng madlang Pilipino, ikinulong si GMA ni
    Pinoy ng walang kakuwenta kuwentang kaso na election sabotage dahil
    ngitngit na ngitngit si PNoy kay GMA ng inumpisahan ni GMA ipa imbestiga
    ang Hacienta Luisita!

  • Anonymous

    Mabuhay ang Supreme Court! Mabuhay si GMA, ang
    namukod tanging Presidente sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na nag pa ungkat
    sa kaso ng Hacienta Luisita! Ng dahil kay GMA nagkaroon ng lupa ang mga
    magsasaka!  Ang isipin dapat ng madlang Pilipino, ikinulong si GMA ni
    Pinoy ng walang kakuwenta kuwentang kaso na election sabotage dahil
    ngitngit na ngitngit si PNoy kay GMA ng inumpisahan ni GMA ipa imbestiga
    ang Hacienta Luisita!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P27UWAEDCMLMBGO3VQ3LO7BMA4 Renato

      YEHHEEEEEEEY!!!! MABUHAY !!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I5VG4UONFEYVITPDHTUC3ZPM6E Elizah

    akala ko ba sa pangako ni penoy noon sabi niya, ibibigay niya sa mga manggagawa ng HL ang kanilang mga lupa ng walang kahit na anong obligasyon o babayaran…pero ano nangyari ngayon? talagang mahilig sa double-talk at lying iton panggulong ito.



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