“We condemn this latest attack against Hacienda Luisita farmworkers. The Cojuangco-Aquinos are the mastermind of this brutality as they see the camp-out in Brgy. Balete is the symbol of the farmworkers’ unity to struggle for their rights to land,” said Joseph Canlas, Amgl chairperson.
Ambala reported that those arrested were brought to the Tarlac City Police headquarters and they were put inside detention cells. The group said that the camp-out in Brgy. Balete was demolished by the police and military.
“We vow that president Aquino would bear the farmers’ wrath as he is the primary protector of his family’s interests on the hacienda. This is unacceptable to the region’s peasantry and the Cojuangco-Aquinos should pay for their transgression,” Canlas said.
Amgl asserted that Tarlac MTC should inhibit on the forcible entry case filed by Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) as the whole issue of Hacienda Luisita is pending at the Supreme Court and the decision of Dept. of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on the farmworkers’ petition for revocation of the conversion order is awaiting. Amgl believed that it is a criminalization of agrarian case and harassment against the farmworkers. RCBC filed another robbery case against Ambala leaders, referring to their opposition of the construction of fences on February 20, 2012.
“We warn Judge Mangino to immediately stop conniving with the Cojuangco-Aquinos as he is making a name for himself as the notorious anti-farmer judge of Tarlac City. He issued many decisions against Tarlac city farmers whose lands are being grabbed by landlords and speculators. We demand the immediate release of those arrested,” Canlas said.
“As we could not rely any justice from these government institutions, we call on different sectors to support the farmworkers’ struggle in Hacienda Luisita. All sectors have been victims of the Aquino government such as farmers, workers, urban poor, youth-students and more. If the presidential family could do such coercion at their very own backyard, worse is to happen to others in different parts of the region and country,” Canlas called. #