Solon to CJ Sereno: Break-up Cojuango-Aquinos’ land monopoly

AS Maria Lourdes Sereno presides over her first en banc session as the new Chief Justice today, Anakpawis Partylist and farmers from Hacienda Luisita picketed the Supreme Court and reiterated their demand for the High Court to stand by an earlier decision to distribute Hacienda Luisita. “The Cojuangco-Aquino camp, now emboldened with their control over the Supreme Court will not prevail on their attempt to maintain stronghold of Luisita.”

“Our urgent assignment for the newly-installed Chief Justice — break-up the land monopoly and immoral control of Cojuangco-Aquinos’ on Hacienda Luisita and distribute the lands to farmers-beneficiaries,” said Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.

“Until Chief Justice Sereno accomplishes that decisive challenge, we will regard the Supreme Court as an appendage of Malacanang,” said Mariano who also noted that Cojuangco-Aquinos are still lording over Luisita lands and Presidential uncle Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco Jr. is still squandering the multi-billion coco levy funds that he stole from coconut farmers.

“The Supreme Court order to distribute Hacienda Luisita was a landmark ruling. We will stand by it and so must Chief Justice Sereno.”

Mariano said the Supreme Court must also uphold pro-people decisions and reverse rulings that undermine the interest of majority of Filipinos. “For decades, the judiciary system – down from the local courts up to the Supreme Court tainted its reputation and earned public notoriety with records of bribery, corruption and anti-people decisions. Judges and Justices have earned moniker hoodlums in robes. Unless Sereno can prove her independence, she is no more to us than just another Palace stooge.”

“May piring sa mata ang Inang Hustisya ngunit sa sistema ng hudikatura sa ating bansa, ang timbangan ng katarungan ay parating kakampi ng mga may kapangyarihan at may salapi. Laging salat sa hustisya at katarungang panlipunan ang mga mahihirap,” the solon said.

“The Chief Justice is again on trial. Sereno is now under public scrutiny if she will work for the interest of the common good or serve her chosen masters” the solon said.

Mariano added that the new Chief Magistrate’s background “speaks clearly of her interests and biases.”

Based on her profile, Sereno served as a consultant of the United Nations Development Programme, World Bank and USAID, she was a former counselor of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body and a Commissioner of the Preparatory Commission on Constitutional Reform.

“Obviously, Sereno’s appointment was not without a stamp of approval from foreign multilateral financial institutions that presses Charter Change that will serve foreign interests.”

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