Farmers march to Batasan

THE militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the United Luisita Workers’ Union (ULWU) today marched to the Batasang Pambansa to protest President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) and accused him as “the brains behind the fresh moves for Charter change.”

“The Filipino people can no longer be deceived by Malacanang. Aquino’s so-called openness on Cha-cha discussions exposes himself as the brains behind moves to amend the Charter,” says KMP spokesperson Antonio Flores.

“As a true haciendero, Aquino is the No.1 proponent of the 100 percent foreign ownership of lands and utilities, and the removal of the protectionist provisions of the constitution,” Flores said.

Flores added that “Charter change will pave the way for the country to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that seeks to abolish all tariffs by 2015.”

“Aquino’s is now digging his own political grave through Cha-cha,” Flores said warning that “the Filipino peasantry will not take Aquino’s Charter change moves over a bottle of beer. He will have a taste of the peasantry’s fury and intense resistance.”

Flores also said that farmers “expect the President to hide the true state of the nation with empty rhetorics and remain silent on the issue of Hacienda Luisita’s long overdue distribution to farmworkers.”

United Luisita Workers’ Union chair Lito Bais said that “it’s been three months since the Supreme Court’s final decision to distribute Hacienda Luisita and all we see are the obvious political maneuvers by the President’s family and the DAR to circumvent the Supreme Court decision.”

Bais said “Aquino might talk about the sham CARPER and other landholdings to desperately project himself as pro-agrarian reform but will not even mention a single word on Hacienda Luisita’s distribution.”

KMP’s Flores agreed adding: “No amount of political cosmetics can change the fact that Aquino continue to be Luisita’s anti-peasant haciendero.”

“The continuing deception in Hacienda Luisita concretely shows the true state of the nation and the Filipino peasantry,” Flores said.

The KMP and ULWU maintained that the DAR’s highly questionable “verification and screening process” in Hacienda Luisita are all in accordance with the Cojuangcos move to bloat the number of beneficiaries, further reduce the size of land for distribution, sow confusion and disunity among farmworkers, and eventually put their dummies and loyalists as so-called beneficiaries.”

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