Words from Leftists that deserve serious attention

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MANY Filipinos–especially businessmen, professionals whether top caliber lawyers, doctors, accountants, etc. or not, and even members of the working class who are well-off because they are highly paid employees–easily dismiss statements made by groups, associations and federations seen to be Leftists, particularly those that are affiliated with the National Democratic Front and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.

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But pronouncements and complaints, containing detailed from-the-scene reports and data about human rights abuses, even murders, aired on broadcast and print media by, for example, Karapatan and its many affiliated organizations| must not be ignored, as the Aquino administration does.

The NDF-affiliated UMA or Union ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, yesterday distributed a news release, which as Leftist material of this kind always does, contains not only information but also strong opinions about Ms. Virginia Torres and the attempt to smuggle a large quantity sugar. We find the UMA release compelling.

It deserves the serious attention of government officials as well as the citizenry.

Here it is in full:

PNoy tries to clear Torres of smuggling –but confirms role in Luisita sham land reform
“Ang isda ay nahuhuli sa bibig” (Fish is caught through the mouth)

Hacienda Luisita farmworkers under the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) and the national agriworkers federation Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) stressed that President BS Aquino’s involvement in the recent sugar smuggling fiasco has become even more apparent with his statements “unfriending” – but at the same time absolving – his Kabarilan [gun-shooting sportsmate] and business partner Virginia Torres.

“Kunwari ay hindi na niya kaibigan, pero ipinagtatanggol pa rin nya ang aryendo queen, (Aquino pretends that they’re not friends anymore, but he still openly defends the aryendo queen),” said Rudy Corpuz, AMBALA vice-chairperson, referring to Torres who engages in aryendo or illicit lease agreements victimizing supposed land reform beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita.

In a radio interview, Torres herself admitted that she is into leasing land in Hacienda Luisita but said that Aquino knew nothing about it, as she also denied using Aquino’s name to negotiate with customs officials to allow entry of P100 M worth of Thai sugar into the country.

In a special interview with ANC last night, however, Aquino admitted that he knew Torres is now a “sugar planter” and basically tried to clear Torres of sugar smuggling allegations.

“Does it make sense for her to facilitate sugar smugglers that will depress the prices of the product that she has invested in?” Aquino was quoted as saying.

“Even under the pro-landlord CARP, leasing and selling farmlots allocated through land reform is illegal. But influential persons like Torres, with hired goons and even armed state authorities at their disposal courtesy of the haciendero Commander-in Chief no less, can easily swindle and coerce unknowing farmers to enter into these aryendo arrangements,” said John Milton Lozande, UMA Acting Chairperson.

Sec. 27 of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms (CARPER) stipulates that “lands acquired by beneficiaries under this Act or other agrarian reform laws shall not be sold, transferred or conveyed except through hereditary succession, or to the government, or to the LBP, or to other qualified beneficiaries through the DAR for a period of ten (10) years.”

Torres is just one of a select few who act as dummies of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI), leasing lands from farmworker beneficiaries to ensure continued planting of cane sugar. HLI which was established to implement Cory Aquino’s oppressive Stock Distribution Option (SDO) land reform scheme in 1989 is still the official seller of cane sugar to the Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT). Both companies are still owned and controlled by the Aquino-Cojuangco family with other business partners such as the Lorenzos.

“Land distribution” in Hacienda Luisita commenced in 2013, a year after the Supreme Court revoked the SDO and ordered total land distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farmers. AMBALA, UMA, and other militant groups such as the Kilusang Magbubukid ng PIlipinas (KMP) and Anakpawis Partylist, have consistently criticized the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Aquino administration for the land distribution process in Luisita, which farmers describe as “a monumental failure” and a “complete sham.”

“Aquino cannot simply wash his hands off this case by ‘unfriending’ Torres. This is mere damage control. We have already filed cases against Torres before the Department of Justice (DOJ) last year for illegally evicting farmers and destroying their food crops in favor of sugar cane. Do we even see any investigation making progress? Aquino may have nominally divested his Hacienda Luisita shares, but it is now confirmed before the public that Torres leases the land and they plant sugarcane together,’” said Corpuz.

Lozande also noted that the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015 (SIDA) which Aquino signed last April has also become a “smokescreen” for aryendo, benefiting dummies like Torres. The government through the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the Sugar Regulatory Administration has recently allotted more than Php 2.1 billion to fund sugar block farms.

“These block farms are mostly controlled by financiers and dummies like Torres, as most cane sugar lands have already been leased to them through wholesale coercion and swindling of beneficiaries. Government boasts that there are 10 block farms in the Luisita alone,” said Lozande.

“Will these funds also pass through Torres to fuel the Daang Matuwid campaign of Roxas in the 2016 elections?”

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  1. Nancy Bulok Cake on

    These LEFTISTS should shut their big mouths. The Manila Times column (bombing of LP candidates in Quiapo) yesterday indicates that you planned and did the bombing to make Marcos a bad person and you are financed by China to promote your RED doctrines. Now you are against Pinoy because a lot of your NPA commanders are captured one at a time. What have you contributed to the Filipino people, society? Nothing. Except taxing law abiding citizens and businessmen. Only a few Filipinos will listen to your big mouths and I hope you LEFTISTS will be erased totally on earth. Mga PESTE kayo ng lipunan. Sana ipakita ninyo sa mga kababayan natin na objective kayo sa mga nangyayari sa bayan. Bakit tahimik at tameme kayo pagdating ng CORRUPTION ng mga Binays? Bakit tahimik at tameme kayo sa ,mga inagaw na mga isla sa Spratlys ng China? Dahil ba sa BINAYaran at BINAYbayaran kayo ni Binay at ng China? Bakit tahimik kayo sa mga Chinese dummies ni Binay? All of you LEFTISTS must now SHUT your big mouths and just go to China where you belong. Tahimik ang Pilipinas kung aalis kayo.

  2. i don’t find anything wrong with arriendo. In sugarcane farming, you need money to plant sugarcane. If you give some1 land and he has no money to plant canes, what does one do? Borrow money/get a loan. Yea, right, easier said than done. In my 15 years of sugarcane planting, i knew more about banking than raising sugarcane planting. That’s because i was always lookng money for the payrol. Am not against land reform, but i think they put the cart b4 the horse. In order to plant sugarcane, one must have money to plant. Its like owning a car: if you can’t maintain it, so you either sell it or have it leased Maybe i-taxi mo, or bridal car, until you are liquid enuf to run the farm yourself.

  3. The continuing saga of land distribution of HLI goes back to the landmark SC decision expropriating the Aquino landholding to farmers. This decision was attributed to CJ Corona which was the reason for Penoy’s bitter scheme to impeach the CJ by all means. Unbeknownst yto many, Corona is the foremost authority on land reforrm jurisprudence and legal expert on land litigation. For some people Corona was too dangerous to be allowed to stay in SC.

  4. what do you expect from hacienderos? ang mundo nila ay umiinog lang sa kanilang mga hacienderos at sa mga hampaslupa’t pataygutom na katulad natin.

  5. Ito yong mga gungong na leftist sumira sa work ng pinsan ko nag strike sila sa comanpy nila nagsara wala sya work up to now. Sino nag papakain sya walang leftist. Mga leftist iniwan na sya.

  6. That is how “what-are-we-in-power-for” KKK of the President get richer. Instead of teaching the new landowner-farmers of forming cooperatives, they teach idleness by leasing their land.