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THE STORY OF HACIENDA LUISITA

January 19, 2010

The struggle between farmers and landowners of Hacienda Luisita is now being seen as the first real test of character of presidential candidate Noynoy Cojuangco Aquino, whose family has owned the land since 1958. Our research shows that the problem began when government lenders obliged the Cojuangcos to distribute the land to small farmers by1967, a deadline that came and went. Pressure for land reform on Luisita since then reached a bloody head in 2004 when seven protesters were killed outside of the plantation’s gates in what is now known as the Luisita massacre. This is the story of the hacienda and its farmers, an issue that is likely to haunt Aquino as he travels the campaign trail for the May 2010 elections.

GMANEWS.TV: Hacienda Luisita’s past haunts Noynoy’s future


Thanks for the borrowed image, gmanews.tv!

UPDATE
Part 2: Cory’s land reform legacy

Second UPDATE
Part 3:  Workers’ strike turned into massacre

Third UPDATE
Part 4:  After massacre, more killings


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Meanwhile, here’s a video of presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino speaking before the Makati Business Club.


Full text could be found here at Filipino Voices.  Full videos here and here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2010 5:24 pm

    Hi ricelander. For some reason, I failed to really visit your blog. This is neat, curt, but to the point (mine ain’t, but that’s by design). I should link mine to this.

    On the Hacienda Luisita/Noynoy thing, hope you’ll allow this link:

    The unprincipled gall of Noynoy Aquino

  2. marianne canlas permalink
    August 29, 2011 9:57 am

    There are still farmers of Hacienda Luisita who are craving for JUSTICE. Will President Noynoy Aquino take an action for this dilemma so that the workers of Hacienda Luisita will gain even just a sort or a lick of fairness.

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