DAR exec ‘collateral damage’ of Aquino-Akbayan plot to evade Luisita distribution

THE militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today described the reported resignation of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) secretary Virgilio de los Reyes as a ‘collateral damage’ of the “evil conspiracy between President Aquino and his allies in Akbayan to once again evade the distribution of Hacienda Luisita.”

The KMP issued the statement after reports said that a cabinet revamp is on and DAR secretary de los Reyes, who is now implementing the Supreme Court decision for the distribution of Hacienda Luisita, would be replaced by Akbayan Rep. Kaka Bag-ao.

“We believe there is strong pressure on Sec. De Los Reyes to resign. He is a collateral damage of the Aquino-Akbayan conspiracy to circumvent the Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita,” said KMP deputy secretary general Willy Marbella.

“Aquino and Akbayan are ganging up against Hacienda Luisita farmers. They are out to turn Hacienda Luisita into a so-called agrarian reform community (ARC) under the sham CARP,” he said.

He said “ARC’s only has a hairline difference from the notorious stock distribution option (SDO) since control over the land does not belong to farmer beneficiaries.”

Marbella pointed out that “the grand zarzuela staged by Aquino’s yellow gang that demanded for the so-called fast-tracked implementation of the bogus CARP is obviously designed at placing Akbayan Rep. Kaka Bag-ao to the DAR.”

“At the same time, the Cojuangco-Aquinos are clapping behind the farmers’ marches and so-called hunger strikes. Aquino and his rabid allies in Akbayan exploits the legitimacy of the farmers’ demand for land while giving false hopes on Carper or the very same sham land reform program that was used by the President’s family to evade land distribution. This grand deception must be exposed and opposed,” Marbella stressed.

“May we remind the people that the bogus Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) was originally designed by the then landlord-President Cory Aquino to evade Hacienda Luisita’s distribution. CARP and the notorious SDO is not a glowing legacy but the biggest embarrassment of the former President,” Marbella said.

“Now, who’s in with an unholy alliance with the biggest and most powerful haciendero in the country?” asked Marbella adding: “The Filipino peasantry will frustrate the Aquino-Akbayan conspiracy against Hacienda Luisita farmers.”

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