On Hacienda Luisita

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The world has offered a lot of things to explore. Human easily give in with some of those, it may be of the same field but to others, not. But what would set the line among you and the others? The endeavor you choose reflects the values you have.

I’ve been eager to know almost about everything I opt to have interest with—life out of school, unfamiliar sports, or simply not just anyone will notice. I want to be unique yet extraordinary and more of a live wire than a sluggish doomsayer. With this, I have exposed myself to reality. One of this is how I gain concern on a national issue.

After watching Sa Ngalan ng Tubo documentary film when I was a freshman, I started dreaming of going to Hacienda Luisita. I want to see the exact location where farmers of that hacienda shed blood and life and to know firsthand what is the current situation there. After two years, I was given the opportunity to do that so, without a second thought I confirmed my attendance. But before I continue, let me give you a brief background of Hacienda Luisita 25 years back.

In 1985, the Manila RTC made a decision to order the the Cojuangcos to transfer control of Hacienda Luisita to the Ministry of Agrarian Reform, which will distribute the land to small farmers after compensating the landowners P3.988 million. 1988, Court dismissed civil case against the Cojuancos relating to Luisita since President Aquino declared that agrarian reform covers sugar lands. Enactment of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law provides stock transfer scheme as an alternative to actual land distribution. May 1989, the Stock Distribution Option agreement was signed by the TADECO, HLI and the farmers.

Within 1995 and 1996, about 50% of the 6453-hectare hacienda undergone land conversion use, from agricultural to commercial, industrial and residential purposes.

In 2003, Supervisors of the Hacienda Luisita filed a petition before DAR to revoke SDO since the farmers were not given their benefits....
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