“We are elated by Ka Paeng’s words. He said no one would be harassing us anymore. We could now go back to our farms.” –Florida Sibayan, chairperson of Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala)
Tags: Hacienda Luisita
“The Cojuangco-Aquinos are far worse than drug lords, they are a feudal lord family, they victimize, not individuals, but generations of farmers, and their crime is the mother of all social cancers and injustice in the country, tyrannical monopoly control over vast tracks of land.
For Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), Visaya deserves to be prosecuted, not promoted.
“Two Cojuangco-Aquinos have won the presidency with the promise to distribute Hacienda Luisita to us farmworkers. But look at what’s happening to us here now,” Sibayan said.
UMA challenged all presidential candidates, especially Aquino’s anointed, Mar Roxas, to speak out against these atrocities.
Behind the barrage of official information from Malacanang and concerned government agencies, what did Aquino and his clan do in Hacienda Luisita?
“The DAR says that running issues in Luisita are not agrarian in nature. How absurd is that?”
“Instead of functioning like an unabashed apologist, why not just file charges?”
“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.”
“It appears that even Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was ordered not to act on the complaints we filed against the Cojuangco-Aquinos.”
Peasants, church workers and colleagues remember Aglipayan priest William Tadena, who was killed by a suspected state death squad 10 years ago.