People’s caravan to Luisita set on 6th year of massacre
Supporters of Hacienda Luisita farm workers are set to stage a 50-vehicle caravan today to Tarlac to commemorate the massacre of farmers that happened six years ago in the sprawling sugar estate owned by the family of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano yesterday said the caravan-protest will highlight the continuing injustice and denial of the farm workers’ rights to the land by the Cojuangco-Aquinos.
Mariano said that “six years after, there is still no justice for the victims of the massacre.”
“There is still no agrarian reform in Hacienda Luisita. Those responsible in the carnage remain unaccountable,” he said.
“Hacienda Luisita remains under the ownership and control of the Cojuangco-Aquinos. And worse, they have no intention of letting go of the lands,” Mariano said.
The lawmaker assailed the reported plan of Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co. Ltd., a beverage maker in China, to source its sugar supply from Hacienda Luisita.
Trade undersecretary Cristino Panlilio confirmed that he met with Fernando Cojuangco, the President’s cousin, regarding the P1-billion sugar plantation venture. (D’Jay Lazaro)