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Luisita farmers bare ‘grand plan’ to frustrate land distribution

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Luisita farmers bare ‘grand plan’ to frustrate land distribution

According to the document, Oplan April Spring has a P1.545 million ($35.9 thousand) budget for operations that include “propaganda and counter-propaganda, organizing and mobilization, special operations (psyops).”

MANILA – Even as the Supreme Court ruled with finality the distribution of land in Hacienda Luisita, farm workers decried various schemes aiming to deny them their right over their land.

In a press conference this morning, Lito Bais, president of the United Luisita Workers Union (Ulwu) said former Marikina congressman Romeo Candazo, negotiator for the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), has drawn up an operational plan dubbed as Oplan April Spring to drive away the farm workers from the 500-hectare land being claimed by the RCBC and the Cojuangcos. Some 184 of the 500 hectares were turned over by the Luisita Industrial Park Corporation (Lipco) to RCBC as payment for a loan a few days after the infamous Hacienda Luisita massacre.

The document titled “Oplan April Spring” which was sent via email on April 30 by Candazo to Anacleto Diaz, lawyer of the RCBC, aims “to mobilize the community in the completion of the fencing and enclosure of the property, eviction of the intruders and its defense against future saboteurs.” A hard copy of the plan was leaked to Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) by an insider last May, according to Willy Marbella, KMP deputy secretary general..... MORE


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