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Historic vote gives Hacienda Luisita to farmers

In a historic vote, the Supreme Court of the Philippines voted 14-0 to reaffirm its ruling ordering Hacienda Luisita land to be distributed to farmer beneficiaries. The Hacienda Luisita estate and sugar plantation belongs to the Cojuangco side of President Benigno Aquino III and has been the subject of a decades-long, bitter and bloody legal dispute. President Aquino divested shares in Hacienda Luisita before taking office in 2010, but Chief Justice Renato Corona has said that the President has pushed for his impeachment because of the court’s rulings favoring farmers involved in the case.

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