Luisita farmers to scrutinize DAR’s list of beneficiaries

THE militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said Hacienda Luisita farmers should scrutinized the so-called preliminary list of beneficiaries issued by the Department of Agrarian Reform maintaining that the agency’s verification process was highly suspect.

The KMP issued the statement after the DAR has drawn up an initial list of 5,365 farm workers who will become beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita. Aside from those in the list of preliminary beneficiaries, another 1,221 farm workers have been placed on a provisional list due to deficiencies in documents that would prove the validity of their claim as Luisita beneficiaries.

“Hacienda Luisita farmers would deeply scrutinize the DAR’s so-called preliminary list of beneficiaries. They should not accept the DAR’s list hook, line, and sinker,” says KMP deputy secretary general Randall Echanis.

The KMP has been questioning the DAR’s so-called ‘verification process’ and is demanding the DAR to produce the 1989 list of beneficiaries that also served as HLI’s bases for giving “worthless stock certificates during the SDO (stock distribution option) regime.”

“Under the guise of so-called ‘verification process,’ the DAR, with the blessings of no less than President Aquino, are maneuvering to evade land distribution,” Echanis said.

The KMP said that the DAR’s highly questionable verification process is 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.

“Aquino is using all his powers and influence for his family to maintain their illegal and immoral control over Hacienda Luisita,” Echanis said.

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