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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 »

No crop other than sugar in Luisita

A WORKER chops newly harvested sugarcane in a farm in Concepcion town, Tarlac province, that is part of the more than 6,000-hectare Hacienda Luisita, an estate owned by the family of President Aquino, which the government allegedly wants to remain dedicated to sugar production. LYN RILLON

The government wants to keep Hacienda Luisita a sugar-producing area to sustain the operations of a mill owned by President Benigno Aquino’s family, according to a leader of farm workers who received plots of land in the agricultural estate that had been placed under the land reform program.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Planters ‘control’ Luisita beneficiaries

ACTIVISTS claim that “arriendos” have contracted agrarian reform beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita to continue planting sugar.  E.I. REYMOND OREJAS/ INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Big sugar planters have leased agrarian lands in Hacienda Luisita now owned by farm workers to exclusively grow sugarcane.

Posted: June 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »