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Lacierda scored for claims of ‘closed’ hacienda massacre By Charlie V. Manalo 07/08/2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lacierda scored for claims of ‘closed’ hacienda massacre

By Charlie V. Manalo
Contrary to presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda’s claim that the Hacienda Luisita massacre is a “closed case” with President Aquino having already been cleared “a long time ago” regarding his alleged involvement in the massacre of hacienda farm workers, this murder of many farm workers who were said to have been shot down like dogs while they were staging a strike and protesting against the Aquino-Cojuangco manage-ment, the massacre is still a “cold case” that has yet to have closure.

This was the gist of what a party-list congressman said, in reaction to Lacierda’s clearance of Aquino reportedly by the Ombudsman. Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano yesterday assailed Lacierda’s statement that the Hacienda Luisita massacre issue is a “closed case” calling the statement as “totally condemnable and highly irresponsible.”
“Lacierda’s statement clearly shows that the victims of Hacienda Luisita massacre cannot achieve justice under the Aquino administration,” Mariano said.

Mariano said that to date, nobody has been made accountable on the massacre of seven farmers on Nov. 16, 2004 inside the Cojuangco-Aquino family-owned Hacienda Luisita.

“What is this statement from Malacañang all about?” asked Mariano adding: “Is Lacierda trying to say that as if nothing happened, and that lives were not forcibly taken away by the military and the Cojuangco-Aquinos?
“Lacierda’s statement is the height of insensitivity and callousness to the victims’ plight, totally condemnable and highly irresponsible,” Mariano said.

Mariano said the “cries for justice by the victims of the massacre are just and legitimate enough” for the new Aquino administration to simply disregard.... MORE

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