Under the ruling of the Supreme Court, 4,915 hectares of the Cojuangco-controlled Hacienda Luisita must be awarded to its 6,296 farmworker-beneficiaries under the government's Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), which was started by President Corazon Aquino in 1988.
But just how big is the land that will be given out to the farmers? In this visual presentation prepared by InterAksyon.com, we compared the total land area of the hacienda that will be awarded to its tillers to the country's landmarks and popular places.
A militant lawmaker on Friday claimed that the family of President Benigno Aquino III were overpaid by around P167 million for the 4,000 hectares of land in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province, which the Supreme Court ordered distributed to farmworkers.
Farmers in Hacienda Luisita on Thursday confront armed guards of the Tarlac Development Corp. by wooden posts used to fence off what the company claims is its property but the farmers assert should be land distributed to them under the agrarian reform program in Barangay Cutcut.
An organization of farmers from Hacienda Luisita, the vast sugar estate owned by the Cojuangco clan, to which President Benigno Aquino III belongs, has asked the Supreme Court to cite the Department of Agrarian Reform in contempt for allegedly lying to the tribunal.
Five farmers from Hacienda Luisita vowed to file countercharges against Tarlac City policemen and private guards of the Tarlac Development Corp. following their release from detention on Monday after the city prosecutor dropped charges of trespassing, coercion, direct assault and physical injuries.
Farmers in Hacienda Luisita condemned the destruction of their farm lots in Barangay Balete by the Tarlac Development Corp., a firm that, like the vast sugar estate, is owned by the Cojuangco family, to which President Benigno Aquino III belongs.
Activist farmers in Hacienda Luisita, the vast Tarlac sugar estate owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III, claim they have been plunged into a 'reign of terror' after one of their leaders was murdered and fences and armed guard sealed off choice lots in at least two villages.
Signifying a major breakthrough in land reform in the country, the Department of Agrarian Reform has finished distributing certificates of ownership to Hacienda Luisita farmworker-beneficiaries in the last of the 10 barangays in the sugarcane estate.
After years of struggling for the land, farmworker-beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita will finally receive land titles for the farm lots allocated to them, DAR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Anthony Parungao announced Friday.