Luisita Magsasaka

Hacienda Luisita Massacre Explosive Archive
November 14, 2009, 5:19 am
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Five years ago, on November 16, 2004, 8 striking workers died, 200 others were injured and 120 farm workers and activists were arrested after the violent dispersal of striking farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita. The dispersal was due to an order by then Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas on Nov.16 on behalf of the Cojuangco family through the much abused pro-landlord and pro-capitalist tool known as Assumption of Jurisdiction (AJ).

Today, five years later, Hacienda Luisita, Inc (HLI) remains in the hands of one of the biggest landlords in the country– the Cojuangcos. Even if DAR and PARC has resolved that the SDO (Stock Distribution Option) be revoked and the lands be distributed to farmers, the Conjuangco family, though a Supreme Court ruling, was able to get a TRO on SDO. With regards the criminal liabilities, the Ombudsman has absolved all civilian officials involved in the HLI massacre, and all cases against military and police agents are still pending in court.

As such, the farmers in HLI and the national federation of peasants in the Philippines, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, along with other support oranizations, vowed to continue the fight in all arenas of struggle for ‘land to the tillers’ or genuine agrarian reform and social justice.

Read: The Continuing Saga of the Farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita



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