Hacienda Luisita - controversy
Now, I have little concern on how the DAR and the Cojuangcos will settle their case, however the one thing that appalled me most was the comments made by the oppositions regarding this case.
According to Sen. Aquilino Pimentel:
- the recommendation to cancel the SDO was a "gross retaliation" against Aquino (who actively participated for the ouster of Arroyo)
- "It's an act of gross retaliation by a vindictive President, who's now at her wits' end trying to intimidate those who could be threatened just to prolong her stay in power"
Sen. Pimentel's statement was irresponsible, illogical, pathetic and far-fetch. He should keep his bulging eyes away from this case because his stupid statement could done no good to the poor farmers of Hacienda Luisita.
It has been known to the people in the Philippines the chaos the land ownership has bring to the people in the hacienda. There had been riots and rallies by the farmers demanding their rights for land ownership. These happened even before the Arroyo vs oppositions case and to say that it is a ploy by the Arroyo government against Corazon Aquino is totally pathetic. Aquino is not the sole owner of Hacienda Luisita, she is just one of the six.
The case of DAR vs. Hacienda Luisita is a pure land reform issue and the recommendation by the DAR is long overdue. It should not be perceived as political vendetta by the president to Mrs. Aquino. It is about the 5,000 farmers in Hacienda Luisita who have been deprieved of the land reform rights! It is about the rich against the poor....not about Arroyo against Aquino.