Luisita counsel’s defense of ‘tambiolo land reform’ proves connivance

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today said Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) counsel and spokesperson Atty. Antonio Ligon’s staunch defense of the implementation of ‘tambiolo land reform’ in the disputed Cojuangco-Aquino sugar estate, further proves that Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) former secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes have consciously and deliberately connived with the Cojuangco-Aquino family to circumvent land distribution and divide the ranks of farmers clamoring for genuine land reform in Hacienda Luisita.

Ligon said DAR carried out the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in Hacienda Luisita properly, in reaction to new DAR secretary Rafael Mariano’s plan to review the implementation of the expired land reform program in Luisita.

“Everything about the lot allocation through lottery or ‘tambiolo land reform’ is fraudulent. For the past six years, the Aquino-controlled DAR and the Cojuangcos have used deception, coercion and intimidation in Luisita,” says KMP Chairperson Joseph Canlas, adding that  “DAR’s ‘tambiolo land reform’ is a clear circumvention of the 2012 Supreme Court landmark decision that ordered the distribution of Luisita lands to more than 6,000 farmer-beneficiaries.”

“The ‘tambiolo land reform’ in Hacienda Luisita is a grand scheme of the Aquino controlled DAR and the Cojuangcos to divide the ranks of farmworkers and displace legitimate beneficiaries from the land,” Canlas added. “DAR decieved the farmers by promising them Land Allocation Certificates. Farmers were coerced through force with the heavy presence of military and goons in the hacienda.”

“The maneuvers never stopped. From the bogus CARP, the Stock Distribution Option (SDO), up to the tambiolo land reform, all these were used by the Cojuangco-Aquinos to displace legitimate farmer beneficiaries and maintain control over the lands,” the KMP leader said.

The latest incident in Hacienda Luisita which spawned from a Memorandum issued by Delos Reyes on May 16, 2016, is divisive and meant to pit agrarian reform beneficiaries against each other.

“The Cojuangco-Aquinos must lay off Luisita and let new DAR secretary Rafael Mariano do his job,” Canlas said. ###

Reference: KMP Chairperson Joseph Canlas, 0927-4933729