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Luisita farmers launch direct action against hacienda owners By Charlie V. Manalo 07/16/2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Luisita farmers launch direct action against hacienda owners

By Charlie V. Manalo 07/16/2011

Farm workers led by the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) and the United Luisita Workers’ Union (ULWU) have made good their vow to assert their rights to the land and started cultivating the 500-hectare lands barricaded and claimed by the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) and its partner, the Luisita Industrial Park Corp., located in Barangay Balete inside Hacienda Luisita, the vast estate owned by President Aquino’s family.

“This direct action by Hacienda Luisita farmers is the strongest form of asserting their just and legitimate right to Hacienda Luisita lands,” Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) secretary general Danilo Ramos yesterday said.

Quoting reports from Ambala, Ramos said “more than 200 Hacienda Luisita farm workers, including village officials, joined the ‘Bungkalan’ (cultivation) campaign.”

“Farm workers have already slashed the tall grass on the RCBC area and registered their strongest opposition to the Supreme Court (SC) order,” he stressed, adding that placards were installed in the area bearing the slogans: “Junk the referendum! This land is ours!”.... MORE

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