Promise 91: Transfer assets of Hacienda Luisita to farmer-beneficiaries
Aquino also disclosed that he has already asked his “extended family” to find ways and means to transfer the assets of Hacienda Luisita to farmer beneficiaries.
The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Hacienda Luisita
June 20, 2012: Farmers from Hacienda Luisita vowed to defend the Supreme Court (SC) decision on distribution of the Cojuangco-owned sugar estate in the wake of the removal from office of Chief Justice Renato Corona who voted in favor of land distribution. (Continue Reading)
June 14, 2012: Malacañang said President Aquino reiterated his commitment to agrarian reform when he met with farmer groups led by Task Force Mapalad in Malacañang on Thursday. (Continue Reading)
June 7, 2012: The Department of Agrarian Reform was ready to set into motion the distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farmworker-beneficiaries. (Continue Reading)
June 5, 2012: Members of President Aquino's Cabinet was to meet with leaders and representatives belonging to the farmers' group Task Force Mapalad, which is marching to the Palace to seek a dialogue with the President and ask for a completion of land distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. (Continue Reading)
May 3, 2012: The Supreme Court has released its much awaited “final and executory” ruling on the distribution of the 4,916-hectare Hacienda Luisita to over 6,000 farmer-beneficiaries. (Continue Reading)
April 30, 2012: To enable farmers of Hacienda Luisita go through the waiting period for their land shares, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said that it will intensify its implementation of various support services in the sugarcane plantation. (Continue Reading)
April 30, 2012: For the first time, President Aquino made a comment on the Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita. He said the government is prepared to execute the decision to distribute land to the farmers. (Continue Reading)
April 28, 2012: An official of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Saturday said they are looking into the remaining 1,527 hectares of land in Hacienda Luisita, the vast agricultural estate of the Cojuangco family in Tarlac, which may still be covered by the agrarian reform program. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: Here's a timeline on the decades-long struggle for agrarian reform by farmworkers in the Cojuangco family-owned Hacienda Luisita, the largest private agricultural estate in the Philippines. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: A spokesman of Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) on Tuesday said the company will abide by the Supreme Court's decision to compensate the landowners of Hacienda Luisita based on the 1989 valuation instead of 2006 rates. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed its Nov. 22 ruling awarding Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita to the sugar estate’s original 6,296 farm worker beneficiaries --the number of farm hands at the time of the approval of Luisita’s stock distribution plan (SDP) in 1989 -- or their legitimate successors. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: Farmworker-beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita are expected to receive their land within 1 year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: The Supreme Court voted 8-6 upholding its earlier decision to compensate the landowners of Hacienda Luisita based on the 1989 valuation instead of 2006 rates. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: How much should government pay the Cojuangco family for Hacienda Luisita? According to Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez, this is the last contentious issue on the hacienda to be tackled by the Supreme Court in its en banc session today. (Continue Reading)
April 18, 2012: Owners of Hacienda Luisita should be paid at least P1 million per hectare or approximately P5 billion by the government as just compensation for distributing the sugar plantation to farmer-beneficiaries, a lawyer of the estate said. (Continue Reading)
November 28, 2011: The Supreme Court has decided last Wednesday in their favor, the long-standing dispute over the 4,915.75-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac when it ordered that the said estate owned by the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III be distributed to them. (Continue Reading)
November 28, 2011: Farmworker-beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita could farm collectively and still get their respective individual title, said Secretary of Agrarian Reform Gil de los Reyes. (Continue Reading)
Palace: Aquino hands off on Hacienda Luisita deal (August 9, 2010)
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III did not, in any way, meddle into the affairs of Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI), which struck a deal with its farmer-beneficiaries last week.
In a press conference on Monday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said: “Let me just state, he had no discussion or involvement in the compromise deal. He was just informed recently of the compromise…He does not know the details.” (Continue reading)
Hacienda Luisita: Farmers weren't forced to sign deal (abs-cbnNEWS.com, August 8, 2010)
The management of the Tarlac-based Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) said it did not force farmers to sign the compromise settlement deal that gave them the option to either get farm lots in the 6,453-hectare plantation, or retain their stocks in the corporation.
Hacienda spokesperson Tony Ligon said that it was the 6,000 farmers who decided on their own to exercise which option they would take. (Continue reading)
'Shady' Hacienda Luisita deal faces widespread protests (abs-cbnNEWS.com, August 8, 2010)
A militant lawmaker has called on farmers across the country to launch “widespread protests” to condemn the allegedly bogus Hacienda Luisita deal.
In a press release, Anakpawis party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano lambasted the owners of Hacienda Luisita, Inc. who claimed “more than 90%” of farmers have decided to keep their shares under a stock distribution option (SDO) signed about 21 years ago.
“Obviously, the Luisita farmers are not acting at their own will,” Mariano said. (Continue reading)
'Hacienda Luisita deal a sham' (abs-cbnNEWS.com, August 7, 2010)
The compromise reached between the farmer-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita and the Cojuangco-Aquino family is a "sham agreement" that will not end the conflict in the sugar estate, a leftist party-list group leader said.
"This compromise is a grand deception by the Cojuangco-Aquinos of farmers and the entire nation. It exposes the greedy character of the President's relatives," said Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano. (Continue reading)
Hacienda Luisita, farmers reach compromise deal (abs-cbnNEWS.com, August 6, 2010)
On August 6, it was reported that farmers and management of Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) have hammered out a compromise deal, ending a two decades-long dispute over the sugar plantation owned by the clan of President Benigno Aquino III.
Representatives of HLI and 3 labor unions representing farmers signed an agreement early Friday in Tarlac, giving farmers the choice to retain shares of the company under a stock distribution option (SDO) signed 21 years ago, or own a parcel of land in the plantation.
Around 1,400 hectares comprising a third of the 6,500-hectare hacienda will be put up for distribution.
The agreement also includes a P150 million financial assistance for the 12,000 farmer-beneficiaries of HLI.
Over 800 farmers from 10 barangays attended the signing of the agreement, and most of them voted in favor of the SDO.
However, Lito Bais, acting president of United Luisita Workers Union, contested the compromise deal, saying that all 4,915 hectares of the sugar plantation that were subjected to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) should be distributed among farmers. Bais' group did not attend the signing of deal. (Continue reading)