Special feature by Luisita Watch
They wants it, they needs it. President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III and kin continue to hold on to their “precious” Hacienda Luisita, the highly-controversial sugar estate in Tarlac province, Central Luzon which has been in the clutches of the Aquino-Cojuangco landlord clan since the late 1950s.
Like his mother former President Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino, BS Aquino also promised social justice and land reform in Hacienda Luisita in his electoral campaign some six years ago. And just like those of his mother’s, BS Aquino’s actions have all proven flagrantly inimical to such promise. There’s enough reason in fact to believe he did everything in his powers to subvert the landmark Supreme Court (SC) ruling for total land distribution in Hacienda Luisita.
Farmworkers can be fairly blunt about it: Aquino’s purported land reform accomplishments in Hacienda Luisita are all freaking lies propagated by the president’s loyal and well-paid cabal of yellow zombies, trolls, and spin doctors. It is for this reason that land reform and human rights advocates saw the need to form the Luisita Watch network in 2014. Convened by the national agriworkers federation Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), Luisita Watch took on the task of documenting and exposing the real score in Hacienda Luisita as far as the Luisita farmers’ continuing struggle for land and justice is concerned.
And so behind the barrage of official information from Malacanang and concerned government agencies, and being on hand to witness the enduring agrarian saga called Hacienda Luisita, what exactly did Luisita Watch find? Here’s a 10-point “how to hold on to your precious” list, enumerating how Aquino sort of morphed from a presumably harmless Smeagol at the start of his popular presidency into a bloodthirsty Gollum viciously trying to have his way against the “small people,”the farm workers who are fighting to reclaim Hacienda Luisita.