Tatang Gerry’s assertion best exemplifies the determination of the farm workers in Hacienda Luisita to continue with their struggle for land and human rights.
Today, despite the 2012 Supreme Court ruling on land distribution, thousands of farmworkers still struggle with landlessness, poverty and hunger. Gross human rights violations related to landgrabbing and the Cojuangco-Aquinos’ aggressive bid to retain control of the estate continue unabated, defying its own Court’s decision.
On April 3, 2014, the Philippine National Police (PNP) illegally arrested and detained Tatang Gerry or Charlito Catalan and four others, ironically for violating the land reform law or RA6657.
The “crime” stemmed from their act to approach a team of surveyors from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and ask them what they were doing in their farms.