PNoy ‘Amalayer’, ‘Amakiller’ on Hacienda Luisita – group
DURING yesterday’s commemoration of the 8th anniversary of the infamous Hacienda Luisita massacre, the youth group Anakbayan called President Noynoy Aquino as an ‘Amalayer’ and ‘Amakiller’ for the lack of’ land and justice for the farm workers of the 6,000-hectare estate owned by presidential relatives.
Modifying the suddenly-popular Internet term ‘Amalayer’, the youth group called Aquino ‘Amalayer’ (I’m a liar) and ‘Amakiller’ (I’m a killer) for his role in the Hacienda Luisita Massacre and the continued non-distribution of the land to the hacienda’s farm workers.
“After promising to give Luisita to its farmers in the 2010 elections, Aquino has shown himself to be nothing but the worst kind of ‘layer’ who puts the interests of his relatives and fellow members of the elite above the welfare of the ordinary Filipino” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan.
He said “After half a century and under two years of Noynoy, the only land owned by the farmers is that found underneath their fingernails. Aquino is using his position to keep foot-dragging the distribution of Luisita in the hope that the farm workers surrender out of sheer frustration.”
Peasant groups have accused the Dept. of Agrarian Reform of sabotaging the hard-fought struggle to redistribute the Cojuangco-Aquino estate by inserting ‘dubious’ names in the beneficiaries’ list, while excluding names of legitimate farm workers.
The youth leader also called ‘a killer’ for his role in the massacre.
“We can never forget the sight of Noynoy, eight years ago, going on live TV trying to justify the massacre of seven unarmed farmers. Thus we are no longer surprised that two years into his rule and almost a decade since the Massacre, not a single person has been charged or arrested for the killings” said Crisostomo.
Seven farm workers were killed last November 16, 2004, when members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines opened fire on striking farm workers. Six other supporters of the strike, including church and local government leaders, were assassinated by suspected military personnel in the succeeding months.