Impunity deeply ingrained

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EXCERPT FROM TRIBUNE EDITORIAL | JULY 6, 2015

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The allegation of rights abuses also hits home for Noynoy as many cases of oppression and even killings have not been resolved in his clan’s Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.
In Oct. 21 last year, an international fact finding mission that went to Hacienda Luisita, issued a report which related several acts of brutality in the estate.

The international group called for a joint inquiry by Senate and the House of Representatives on the reported abuses in Hacienda Luisita, calls which obviously both chambers of Congress which are stacked with Palace allies merely ignored.

One of the incidences, reported by Australian Catholic nun Helen Frawley, involved the security guards of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan destroying the crops of a peasant family which it was supposed to harvest the crops in three days.

Frawley said the intention was to intimidate the farm workers since the Luisita goons “could have destroyed it much earlier but they let the family pour in money and hard work before they destroyed it. That really shocked me. There was no humanity.”

The group found that the security forces of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan have razed to the ground a total of 53 hectares of farm lots since December last year followed by the leveling of the farms using bulldozers after which the fencing of agricultural lands started, which has not stopped to this day.

Another report from Kate Lappin, regional coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, stated the lottery process of land distribution initiated by Aquino’s lapdogs at the Department of Agrarian Reform had a discriminatory and perverse effect on peasant women who were allocated small parcels of land several kilometers away from their husbands or other family members.

With impunity practiced at home, Noynoy is not expected to get his marbles right about the respect of human rights.

The Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura along with Amihan, the national federation of peasant women in the Philippines, spearheaded the Peasant Women International Fact-Finding Misssion in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac and Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal from October 16-21 last year. Read more on the mission here.

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