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Hacienda Luisita done distributing sale shares to farmers – SC

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Hacienda Luisita has fully complied with the 2011 order of the Supreme Court

LUISITA. Hacienda Luisita farmers in a dialogue with Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Ka Paeng Mariano, at the DAR Central Office in Quezon City on July 8, 2016. Photo from Lusita Watch Facebook

After 2 hearings, Mariano not worried about fate at CA

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Wala po talaga akong nararamdamang kaba o pag aalala says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano after facing the Commission on Appointments for the second time

AGRARIAN REFORM. In this file photo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the first hearing of the Commission on Appointments on his ad interim appointment. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

How I became a 'Yellowtard'

May 16, 2017 - 12:48 PM

I am a yellowtard because I would rather take clumsy liberal democrats over a maniacal murderer in Malacañang

Farmers break Hacienda Luisita walls

Apr 24, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Protesters claim that the land allegedly belonging to RCBC should have been distributed to them 5 years ago following a Supreme Court ruling

BREAKING DOWN THE WALL. Militant farmers and supporters destroy a portion of the wall allegedly belonging to RCBC in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac on April 24, 2017. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

DOLE issues cease and desist order vs 'sacada' recruiter

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Some 800 migrant sugar workers from Mindanao were illegally recruited to work in Tarlac by Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT? The Department of Labor and Employment has issued a cease and desist order against a labor recruiter accused of illegally trafficking sugar workers.

DAR chief: 727-hectare Hacienda Luisita property covered by CARP

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The order in Hacienda Luisita would give justice to farmer tenants who have struggled to take the land due to them for more than a quarter of a century says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano

12 years on, still no justice for Hacienda Luisita massacre victims

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:57 PM

Farmers cultural activists families of victims and survivors commemorate the infamous massacre

REENACTMENT. Cultural activists from TABLU reenacts the confrontation between the military and farmers during infamous Hacienda Luisita massacre. All photos by Dax Simbol/Rappler

LOOK BACK: Philippine protests that turned bloody

Oct 22, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Filipinos have the constitutional right to peaceably assemble but these protests against the government sometimes end in bloody clashes with police

DISPERSAL. Activists clash with police while protesting alleged US presence in the country. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

DAR orders distribution of 358 hectares of Hacienda Luisita

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Secretary Rafael Mariano orders DAR Central Luzon to get the assistance of appropriate law enforcement officials to ensure that the Cojuangco owned Tadeco complies

WAITING FOR AGRARIAN RFORM. Farmer activists wait for the Department of Agrarian Reform to decide on disputed land Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. File photo by Dax Simbol

Agrarian reform chief 'Ka Paeng': Hope for the farmers

Jul 28, 2016 - 1:08 PM

From peasant leader to agrarian reform chief Rafael Mariano is now on the other side of the fence Will he make a difference?

KA PAENG. Activist Rafael Mariano receives the Department of Agrarian Reform flag from outgoing Secretary Virgilio Reyes. Photo from DAR's Facebook Page

WATCH: Activist DAR chief: Luisita distribution hurdles cleared in 30 days

Jul 11, 2016 - 9:58 AM

DAR Secretary Rafael Ka Paeng Mariano vows that under his watch no farmer will be evicted from the land that he tills

Hacienda Luisita: The struggle continues

Nov 22, 2015 - 11:07 PM

For many Hacienda Luisita residents decades of protest have not given them the justice they seek They continue despite the obstacles in their path in the hopes of getting what belongs to them

#StoryoftheNation: State of Hacienda Luisita

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Hacienda Luisita – owned by President Aquino s family – is the most famous case study of the alleged failure of the Philippines land reform program

WAITING FOR AGRARIAN RFORM. Farmer activists wait for the Department of Agrarian Reform to decide on disputed land Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. File photo by Dax Simbol

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Jul 09, 2015 - 6:10 PM

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Hacienda Luisita commander is contender for AFP chief, too

Jul 09, 2015 - 11:37 AM

The dark horse in the race Ricardo Visaya is controversial among human rights groups But to his fellow soldiers he is a a bemedalled officer worthy of respect

SOLCOM. Lieutenant General Ricardo Visaya is the chief of the AFP Southern Luzon Command

Farmer or landlord?: Whose side is your bishop on?

Mar 01, 2015 - 10:29 PM

Eighty one Catholic Church leaders urge the Aquino administration to approve land reform bills How are your priests helping farmers enjoy their rights to land?

74 bishops to Aquino: Don't let land reform die

Mar 01, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Catholic leaders including 15 archbishops 59 bishops and 7 church administrators call on President Benigno Aquino III and lawmakers to approve agrarian reform bills

WAITING. The fate of large tracts of agricultural land meant for farmers remains uncertain as long as law makers do not decide on the agrarian reform deadline extension. Photo by Arcel Cometa

NBI report on Luisita massacre: Protesters more credible than gov't

Nov 18, 2014 - 10:23 AM

The confidential 2005 NBI report now published online in full for the first time shows that protesters accounts were more consistent and believable

A decade later, farmers want Luisita massacre case reopened

Aug 04, 2014 - 8:18 PM

Complainants say they never got a copy of the Ombudsman s decision dismissing murder and attempted murder charges against now President Aquino 7 others

QUEST FOR JUSTICE. Relatives of farmers killed almost 10 years ago, when cops and Cojuangco guards broke up the picket at Hacienda Luisita, asks the Ombudsman to reopen the case. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Cojuangcos sell Central Azucarera de Tarlac

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:25 AM

Businessmen Martin Lorenzo and Fernando Cojuangco are buying controlling interest in the heirloom sugar milling firm for P1 8 billion

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Abad: No Luisita compensation under DAP

Jul 22, 2014 - 4:31 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad says the funds were part of the Department of Agrarian Reform s 2010 and 2011 budgets for the CARP

Lack of support for farmers drives abusive 'aryendo' system

Jun 11, 2014 - 1:46 PM

In Hacienda Luisita farmers with no means to make their lands productive are forced to lease out their land to new landlords

JUST A BANNER? Luisita farmer Roger Amurao holds up a banner identifying the farmer-beneficiary awarded land through the government's agrarian reform program. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Two years on, Luisita land distribution a failure – farmers

Apr 24, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Exactly two years after the Supreme Court decision to distribute Hacienda Luisita farmers say the area covered is being reduced by the President s family with the help of the Department of Agrarian Reform

CLASH. Police and farmer-activists clash inside the Department of Agrarian Reform compound in Quezon City on April 24, the second anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DAR: Luisita farmers in their land by May

Apr 09, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The agency is confident it will finish delineating farm lots and installing farmers in their land in the vast estate

LUISITA FARMERS. Some farmer groups continue to condemn the DAR's distribution of Hacienda Luisita as a hoax. Photo by Dax Simbol/Rappler

DAR: No illegal land conversion in Hacienda Luisita

Mar 27, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Tadeco s earth balling and fencing off of land is not illegal land conversion says DAR chief Virgilio De Los Reyes

FENCED OFF. A fence of barbed wires is put up by the Tarlac Developent Corporation in contested land in Hacienda Luisita. Photo by Dax Simbol

Monique Wilson, Hacienda Luisita women dance for justice

Mar 07, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Developments are soon to rise in disputed portions of the land But it s people who should rise Give them land rice food you ll make a much better society

PEASANT WOMEN RISING. Theater actress and One Billion Rising Global Coordinator Monique Wilson dances with the peasant women of Hacienda Luisita to call for genuine land reform. All photos by Dax Simbol/Rappler

Luisita: The promised land

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:34 PM

Displaced farmers of Tarlac’s Hacienda Luisita remember the time they used to till the land promised by agrarian reform

Cybercrime ruling creates chilling effect on Luisita farmworkers

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:08 PM

Advocates supporting Hacienda Luisista farmworkers are against the Cybercrime law s provision on online libel

LUISITA WATCH. A group of advocates and NGOs supporting Hacienda Luisita farmworkers came together and launched 'Luisita Watch,' which aims to raise awareness about the struggles of Luisita farmworkers. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Violence in Luisita: Farmers' huts burned, crops bulldozed

Feb 12, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Tarlac police and guards hired by the Cojuangco owned Tadeco have fenced off a portion of Hacienda Luisita that they say is not covered by the agrarian reform

VIOLENCE ESCALATING. A farmer is held by policemen in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac. All photos from Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA)

SC appoints 3 firms to audit Hacienda Luisita payment

Feb 11, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Two firms and a certified public accountant are chosen to perform the panel audit

AUDIT. The panel has 90 days to determine any legitimate corporate expenses from the P1.3 billion sale of 3 lots. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Mendiola Massacre: 27 years after, the same injustices

Jan 22, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Almost 3 decades after the massacre farmers and workers return to the streets to demand elusive justice

MARCHING ON. Farmers and fishermen walk to the Agrarian Reform and Environment departments in Quezon City to protest landgrabbing in different parts of Luzon a day before the 27th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre where farmers also demanded genuine land reform from the Corazon Aquino administration. Photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Luisita farmers ask SC: Stop 'bulldozing activities'

Jan 17, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The farmer petitioners say they suffered considerably due to bulldozed lands leading to crops destroyed

Petition calls for 'genuine' Hacienda Luisita land distribution

Jan 01, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Petitioners say blatant landgrabbing increased militarization and unfair disqualification of farmers make the land distribution a hoax

UNFAIR DISTRIBUTION. Despite the DAR's distribution of land titles among farm workers of Hacienda Luisita, agrarian reform advocates call the process a 'hoax.' Photos by Arcel Cometa

Luisita farmers vow raps vs Aquino uncle over arrests

Dec 24, 2013 - 5:57 PM

Jose Peping Cojuangco Jr denies he directly ordered the police to arrest farmers

A HOAX. Despite the jumpstarting of the Hacienda Luiisita land distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform, farmers protested in front of the Supreme Court on August 27, calling the process a hoax. Photos by Arcel Cometa

First Pacific keen on Luisita sugar mill?

Oct 28, 2013 - 4:02 PM

Conglomerate First Pacific led by Manuel V Pangilinan is keen on the sugar milling business inside Hacienda Luisita but there are no talks yet

IT'S FINAL. Hacienda Luisita goes to farmers (photo from www.gov.ph)

Farmers: DAR keeping prime Hacienda Luisita lots

Oct 15, 2013 - 9:15 PM

DAR says the 200 300 hectares that farmers want distributed are classified as residential in a court ruling but the agency is checking if these are agricultural

NOT SATISFIED. Protesters at an August 27 rally claim the DAR's implementation of land reform in Hacienda Luisita does not live up to the landmark April 24, 2013 Supreme Court ruling. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Hacienda Luisita farmers to receive land titles in days

Sep 28, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Around 5 800 qualified farmer beneficiaries will be given land titles starting September 30 until mid October

A HOAX. Despite the jumpstarting of the Hacienda Luiisita land distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform, farmers protested in front of the Supreme Court on August 27, calling the process a hoax. Photos by Arcel Cometa

Anakpawis says solon arrested in Hacienda Luisita

Sep 17, 2013 - 2:39 PM

The party list group says the police arrested its members after a meeting with the Army

FACT-FINDING MISSION. Police arrested Anakpawis Rep Fernando Hicap (party hidden, left) and members of progressive group during a visit to Hacienda Luisita. Photo from Anakpawis

Amid 'Maring,' last batch of Luisita lots distributed

Aug 23, 2013 - 6:38 PM

At least 300 more farmers refuse to pay for their lots saying the government should award the lots under the agrarian reform program for free

Thousands lose out in Hacienda Luisita reform

Aug 02, 2013 - 5:54 PM

Thousands of workers will lose out in the President s family s farm reform next year

Hacienda Luisita distribution begins in September – Aquino

Jul 22, 2013 - 5:49 PM

His family dodged government efforts to put the sugar estate under agrarian reform for decades Its distribution to farmers will be completed within his term

Hacienda Luisita land distribution begins

Jul 18, 2013 - 9:22 PM

A first batch of 340 farmers from Barangay Cutcut in Tarlac City received lot allocation certificates Government aims to complete land distribution in August

Will Hacienda Luisita farmers finally get their land?

Jun 11, 2013 - 9:51 PM

25 years since the agrarian reform law was passed farmers call the landmark legislation a failure in addressing inequality in land ownership

Farmers to SC: Don't allow Luisita execs to pick auditors

Jun 11, 2013 - 9:07 PM

Farmer beneficiaries have chosen the firm that will audit P1 3B in proceeds from earlier Hacienda Luisita transactions but management and the DAR won t honor their choice

LET US PICK. Hacienda Lusita farmers rally in front of the Supreme Court claiming that they should decide who will audit the P 1.3 billion proceeds of the estate. Rappler/Ace Tamayo

DAR releases final list of Luisita beneficiaries

Feb 27, 2013 - 12:47 PM

DAR is aiming to complete the distribution of the land titles in June

FINAL LIST. DAR releases final masterlist of beneficiaries of land parcels in Hacienda Luisita.

Farmers question DAR's list of Luisita beneficiaries

Oct 31, 2012 - 6:00 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform posts its initial list of Hacienda Luisita farmworkers who will be awarded land titles but not without hitches

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The women of Hacienda Luisita

Sep 25, 2012 - 12:50 PM

I want to honor these women and their never ending day to day battle

Report card on PNoy: Passing but needs work

Jul 02, 2012 - 11:17 AM

President Aquino scores high marks for fighting corruption but is warned against a simplistic approach to inclusive growth

PNoy promises to complete land distribution by 2014

Jun 14, 2012 - 9:38 PM

Various farmers groups and advocates who earlier placed their hopes in CARPER are still doubtful about its full implementation

What would Corona say? 10 key points

May 21, 2012 - 3:25 PM

Chief Justice Renato Corona takes the last stand as he testifies before the Senate Here s a preview of his make or break testimony