“The so-called foreign investment to be brought by economic Cha-cha is only for the benefit of the hacienderos and big businesses and not for the Filipino people.”
Category: Agrarian Reform
After a year of living on the streets, Balakbakan fisherfolk want to return to their homes.
“Where shall Aquino’s Cha-cha get the lands to be put up for sale to foreigners?”
Genuine land reform would result in genuinely broad-based overall economic growth, rapid poverty reduction and genuine food security.
“The WTO and its so-called free trade destroyed our country’s food self-sufficiency and food security.”
“We should all unite, because without the land, we will have no food to eat.”
“If they evict people just for their own interest, then, that is not development. That is tyranny against the people.”
“It appears that even Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was ordered not to act on the complaints we filed against the Cojuangco-Aquinos.”
The Catholic Bishops has been pushing for another extension of the CARPER because of the prevailing landlessness among the country’s peasant majority. The Aquino government has supposedly acquiesced and instructed its allies in Congress to extend CARPER.
Progressive farmers’ groups, on the other hand, are pushing not for another extension of CARPER but its version of agrarian reform, the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill.
And the debate is on.
“Comrades, have the massacres, killings and land grabbing stopped?” peasant leader Rafael Mariano asked. The crowd gave a resounding no.
Settlers from Mindoro struggle to own the land that they have tilled for years in Palawan.