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SC to issue ruling despite Luisita deal 08/16/2010

Monday, August 16, 2010


SC to issue ruling despite Luisita deal

The compromise deal between the farm workers and the Cojuangco-Aquino family of President Aquino who owns the disputed Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac does not automatically end the land dispute cases pending before the Supreme Court (SC) and the high court will still issue a decision on the long-standing case, SC spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said yesterday.

The recently brokered compromise deal does not automatically mean the land dispute cases pending at the high court has been resolved, Marquez, citing past similar cases, said.

He added it was very likely that the SC will issue a decision on the case between the management of Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) and its worker-farmers pending before it. 

“Once the Court assumes jurisdiction over a particular case, a petition filed would not be mooted just because a compromise has been reached among the parties. The case would still be subject to the final review of the Court,” he said. 

An official of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) had said the compromise deal that involved the distribution of money was an attempt to preempt the SC that had yet to rule on the validity of the stock distribution option scheme (SDO) that was ordered scrapped in 2005 purportedly for failing to improve the lives of HLI workers.... MORE

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