“It is very clear among us farmworkers that the decision of the Supreme Court last April 24 is final and executory, thus, DAR should not pretend to be busy by starting to process those farmworkers who the Cojuangco-Aquinos are claiming to side with their SDP. This is their plain and simple maneuver that exposes president Aquino involvement as DAR is under his authority,” Felix Nacpil, Ambala chairperson said.
“This is the very reason that we are pushing for collective ownership as the Cojuangco-Aquinos are pure liars when they said that they are not against land distribution, but now, they are doing everything to get back the lands,” he added.
Last April 24 in Baguio City, Ambala and Amgl members witnessed a known Cojuangco-Aquino lackey Noel Mallari organized a mobilization in front of the Supreme Court session hall. Mallari is the impostor claiming to be a leader of Ambala who supported Atty. Antonio Ligon, Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI) during the oral arguments in the Supreme Court in Manila in 2010. He is now organizing the Association of 1989 Original Farmworkers. Mallari and his group called support for chief justice Renato Corona saying he is a “champion” of agrarian reform and demanding individual land distribution.
“As early as the Supreme Court finalized its decision, the Cojuangco-Aquinos made their back up plan, of coursing through individual land distribution for them to get back the lands. This is the very indicator that collective ownership should be implemented to prevent the reversal of land reform. We should all learn that president Aquino and the Cojuangco-Aquinos are hard-core landlords who would carry Hacienda Luisita if only possible even to their graves,” said Joseph Canlas, Amgl chairperson.
Amgl asserted that the only legitimate organization of farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita are Ambala and the United Luisita Workers’ Union (Ulwu) who launched the strike on November 6, 2004 and continued to struggle to junk the Stock Distribution Option (SDO).
“Former leaders of Ambala and Ulwu who betrayed our struggle should be ignored as they are obviously paid lackeys of the Cojuangco-Aquinos,” Nacpil said.
Amgl and Ambala said that the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with “Reforms” (CARPer) is totally inappropriate to be implemented in Hacienda Luisita as the very root cause of land reform’s failure, the SDO is incorporated with that law, and the Cojuangco-Aquinos are not simple landlord who should be compensated as they have extracted wealth from the disputed land for many decades.
“We remind the Filipino people that SDO is CARP’s manifestation in Hacienda Luisita and CARPer its continuation. If DAR continues to implement it, the farmworkers’ unrest would continue to explode,” Canlas warned.
In addition, Amgl slammed DAR for pronouncing about the issue of the 4,206 farmworkers allegedly deciding to remain as stockholders of Hacienda Luisita, Inc.
“First of all, where did it come from? The Cojuangco-Aquinos have no legal basis to claim that there is such number of farmworkers siding with the SDP. If they are referring to the August 6, 2010 signing of their lackeys, they are totally mistaken. The Cojuangco-Aquinos are shameless if they continue to refer to their P20 M distribution to the farmworkers as proof,” Canlas said.
As part of their continuing campaign towards free land distribution, Ambala, Amgl, Ulwu, Anakpawis Partylist, joined by Luisita Peasant People’s Alliance (Luppa) and Hacienda Luisita People’s Support Network (Hlpsn), they are holding the whole-day consolidating activity at their camp-out in Brgy. Balete. They are to educate farmworkers from 10 barangays about the April 24 Supreme Court decision and what should be done next.
“We believe that our struggle is far from over. The Cojuangco-Aquinos are ‘monsters’ waiting for the right time to attack, thus, we must consolidate further the ranks of the farmworkers who have been deceived and exploited for many decades,” Nacpil said. #