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Solon to CJ Corona: Beware of Cojuangco hacienda’s maneuvers 06/25/2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Solon to CJ Corona: Beware of Cojuangco hacienda’s maneuvers


Now that the Hacienda Luisita land dispute is in the hands of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona’s First Division, a militant lawmaker called for an immediate resolution in favor of the farm workers as he called the attention of the Chief Justice to the Cojuangco-Aquino clan’s alleged maneuvers to maintain its stronghold on the controversial sugar estate.

“The Hacienda Luisita agrarian dispute remains an acid test for Chief Justice Corona,” said Anakpawis party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano “(And) in the face of President-elect Noynoy Aquino’s refusal to recognize Corona, a favorable decision for the farm workers will also test Aquino’s adherence to the rule of law.”

Mariano added that an immediate resolution of the case favorable to the farm workers will prevent the Cojuangco-Aquinos to reclassify and convert a large portion of the lands, and transfer ownership to other Cojuangco corporations.

Mariano was referring to the establishment of the Luisita Estate Management, and the intervention by the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) in the SC case regarding the Hacienda.

According to the RCBC Web site, “in November 1996, RCBC joined Agila Holdings, Itochu and Hacienda Luisita in putting up the Luisita Industrial Park Corp., a 300-hectare industrial park for Japanese investors.”

At the same time, reports said that Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chair Jose “Peping” Cojuangco is planning to set up a 50-hectare National Training Center inside Luisita for the country’s bid to host the 2014 Asian Games.

“We won’t be surprised if the Jose Cojuangco and Sons, Inc. will eventually have a claim over Luisita. All these maneuvers by the Cojuangcos are designed to evade the Hacienda’s distribution,” Mariano said.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

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