By Leila B. Salaverria
Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes on Wednesday said he stands by his record in the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and explained the many challenges attendant to taking away private lands to give these to farmers.
By Gil C. Cabacungan
An ally of President Aquino has made a personal appeal to him to let go of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes to restore the credibility of his “matuwid na daan” (straight path) reform agenda.
Agrarian reform continues to divide groups calling for equitable land distribution but can’t agree on how it should be done.
By Tonette Orejas
Another impeachment complaint to be filed on Monday (July 21) by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) against President Benigno Aquino III will take him to task for P5.4 billion in agrarian reform funds that was allegedly facilitated through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to pay landowners, including the President’s relatives who own Hacienda Luisita.
One month after President Aquino junked the petition of owners of Hacienda Matias in the southern part of Quezon province to exempt the 1,800-hectare estate from land reform, farm tenants are praying for the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to immediately start handing over the land to them.