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Luisita massacre victims’ kin reopen case vs Aquino

VIOLETA Basilio (right) weeps during the protest action for the victims of the 2004 Hacienda Luisita Massacre where several sugar workers, including her only son Jhaivie, died during the bloody dispersal. LYN RILLON

Relatives of seven striking workers killed in the 2004 Hacienda Luisita Massacre asked the Office of the Ombudsman on Monday to reopen criminal and administrative cases filed against President Aquino, who was implicated in that atrocity when he was Tarlac province representative.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t urged to disclose how owners paid for land

The party-list group Bayan Muna is demanding full disclosure of how landlords had been paid for land covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), saying it would be highly irregular if the funds had been from the now unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Impeach rap: DAP for landlords

Hacienda Luisita.  E.I. REYMOND T. 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.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Hacienda farmers still pray for land

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.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Hardheaded Noynoy in trouble


President Noynoy is in deep trouble—there’s another, much more descriptive word for “trouble” but I’d rather not use it—with the Supreme Court ruling that he violated the Constitution with his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).   No sir, the impeachment will not push through in the House of “Representathieves” since he has many supporters there.   […]

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Featured Columns,On Target | Read More »