About 300 farmers marched to Malacanang Thursday to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) on Thursday. Set under former President Cory Aquino, CARP is set to end in 2 years. For the first time, her son addressed the farmers and religious leaders in a hastily-called meeting. They said they doubted whether the government could still distribute about 1 million hectares of agricultural land. The country’s rich families maintain control over 107, 639 landholdings, including the land owned by President Aquino’s family, Hacienda Luisita. Mr. Aquino promised he would set aside the funds to make sure land reform is done by 2014.
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