While Tabago said he did not know the details of the case, he is in charge of the company’s so-called “social development programs.”
In the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) primer distributed by the LLL Holdings Inc. in Capampangan, the local language, the company is offering what it called as Emergency Support Program for affected families. These include rice, allowance for schooling age children, medical support and employment. The company also provided livelihood trainings such as soapmaking, handicrafts and technical skills trainings.
In exchange for this so-called assistance, however, farmers are made to sign a waiver written in Filipino. A copy of the waiver was obtained by the fact-finding team.
In the said waiver dated August 27, 2013, the farmers acknowledge that the LLL Holdings Inc. own the land where their farm and houses are located; that they agree to support the residential, commercial, industrial and recreational developments of the LLL Holdings Inc. and F.L. Management Corporation; and that they support the exemption orders issued by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office III.
In its FAQ, the company claimed that Leonardo Leonio bought the land from a bank in 1978. Citing documents from the DAR, the company said there are no agrarian beneficiaries in Hacienda Dolores.
The LLL Holdings Inc. also said that there are no chances that the Aniban can apply for coverage for agrarian reform in Hacienda Dolores, citing the Supreme Court decision Central Mindanao University v DARAB. In the said case, the high court reversed the DARAB and Court of Appeals decisions upholding the settlers in Central Mindanao University as agrarian reform beneficiaries.
The company also stated that it has the sole right to choose who can qualify as beneficiaries in agrarian reform. It also said that agrarian cases can take from 15 to 20 years and can reach the Supreme Court.
In the same document, the LLL Holdings Inc. said the land is classified as mixed use commercial and industrial. The company prohibits the farmers from going to the farmlands.
All of those interviewed by the fact-finding mission said they bequeathed the land from their parents and their parents got it from their ancestors.
The Catholic Church inside the hacienda was built in 1838. The acacia tree nearby is even older than the Church.
The agricultural production of the community provides food not only for the residents of Hacienda Dolores but to other towns. Some of their produce reaches Metro Manila.
“If you ask the land and the trees here who own them, what do you think they would say? You or LLL?” Mariano asked the farmers. The farmers replied in unison, “We.” And they clapped their hands.