Luisita tillers brace for demolition attempt

THE militant farm-worker based and mother federation of the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita call on to its 5000 plus farm worker members of defend and protect at all cost their peaceful protest camp-out and campaign center situated in Brgy. Balete against the immoral, desperate and questionable authority of the Yucengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation on 182 ha parcel of land inside Hacienda Luisita.

More than 200 members of the bank management security with escort from a truck load of police personnel are set up to enter the farm workers camp-out premise. As of press time AMBALA representatives are negotiating with police officials. They were given until the afternoon to vacate the said property.

In a statement the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura Secretary General Rodel today blast RCBC’s violent act against the farm workers and telling its owner Alfredo Yuchenco that he is barking on a wrong tree. “The Cojuangco-RCBC transaction was a deal forged in a mafia-like fashion. It was hidden beyond scrutiny from the farm workers, a pass-on arrangement between two greedy corporations and the beneficiaries had nothing to do with it”.

“Until now we question the high court’s decision awarding the 182 land parcel which was part of the 500 hectares which RCBC claim as a legal purchase”. Mesa added.

AMBALA filed a petition at the Department of Agrarian Reform last January for the revocation of the 1996 conversion order by RCBC. Also today they will file a cease and desist order and possible criminal complaints against RCBC for its fencing activity despite the case were already at the DAR.

“Clearly Mr. Yuchengco’s RCBC was in cahoots with the Cojuangco-Aquino to hoodwink the farm workers the said parcel of land; that is part of their plan to exclude it from land distribution”.

The UMA leader call on the Department of Agrarian Reform to swiftly act on the matter before it goes worst. He said that the “RCBC management had the history of forcing its way. Their previous attempts showcase their ill motive to violently disperse the farm workers protest camp-out”.

He further said “DAR must exert all power to resolve this case. It should resolve our petition to revoke RCBC’s conversion order because they have caused injustice by involving on a syndicate act like transaction act that denies the farm workers their right to land.

“The farm workers will stand its ground and never be cow on the bullying tactic of RCBC. AMBALA has the moral and legal position to defend its constituents against RCBC’s legal infamy. The camp-out serves as the symbol of their undying flame for land and justice thus it will not give up and fight for it in court and in the street,” Mesa said.

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