By DEE AYROSO
Tags: hacienda luisita massacre
Nitong mga nakaraang buwan, halos dumapa nang husto ang presyo ng palay sa pamilihan sanhi ng pagdagsa ng mga inangkat na bigas mula sa ibang bansa. Mas mahal pa ang isang istik ng sigarilyo o isang bote ng softdrinks kaysa sa isang kilo ng palay. Sa walang habas na pagpasok ng mga inangkat na dayuhang palay, wala nang proteksyon ang mga magsasaka na pangalagaan ang kanilang mga ani sa pamilihan.
Fourteen years after the Hacienda Luisita massacre, farmers still fight for their land. The Cojuangco-Aquinos have regained control of the vast sugar plantation with the aid of the Department of Agrarian Reform, military and police.
“Thirteen years after Hacienda Luisita massacre, no one has been arrested, put to trial and punished for the carnage that killed seven farmworkers on November 16, 2004.”
Groups are calling for the release of Ambala leader Florida Sibayan, who was arrested by police during a protest in Hacienda Luisita this morning.
“We are calling on the new administration to hold all the perpetrators accountable.”
“Let us show the injustice that they did to us. And let us show that we are unbowed and still fighting.”
“The Filipino people’s economic, social and cultural rights are similarly wantonly violated. The government of Defendant (President Benigno S. Aquino III) presides over the highest number of unemployed and underemployed Filipinos in the country’s history.”
Peasants, church workers and colleagues remember Aglipayan priest William Tadena, who was killed by a suspected state death squad 10 years ago.
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld Ten years is a long time to await justice for the massacre of striking farm and sugar mill workers at the Hacienda Luisita Incorporated (HLI) — the sprawling 6,435-hectare sugar plantation owned by the Cojuangco-Aquino clan — by a combined force of military, police and private security guards. Peasant…
By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Tomorrow, Nov. 16, marks 10 years since the Hacienda Luisita Massacre happened at the controversial landed estate in Tarlac “owned” by the family of President Aquino. Protesters demanding justice to the victims and outright distribution of the estate land to 6,000 farmworker-beneficiaries converge this…