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.
What are the prospects of agrarian reform under President Rodrigo Duterte, who has appointed leftist Rafael Mariano as DAR Secretary? Dr. James Putzel, noted author on the politics of agrarian reform, says the biggest challenge here is that it suffers from an 'inertia for new programs.'
Communist rebels in Central Luzon urged President Rodrigo Duterte to redistribute Hacienda Luisita, the vast estate owned by the family of his predecessor Benigno Aquino III, as a 'signal fire for genuine land reform' under his administration.
Incoming Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael 'Ka Paeng' Mariano points out that, when President Aquino's term ends on June 30, he will no longer be able to leverage his immunity from suit as the Chief Executive of the land.
After delivering snails to lawmakers last week, farmers returned to the House of Representatives Wednesday to bring baskets of rotten vegetables to symbolize what they called 'the rotten conscience' of lawmakers who killed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Farmers and other support groups marked Thursday the 28th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre, gathering at the scene of the event just meters away from Malacanang Palace, with calls for a pro-people agrarian reform and urban industrialization.
Photographs on land and land reform by documentary photographer Jes Aznar are launched online and will also be mounted at UP Diliman to commemorate "#HLMX" or the tenth anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
Labor Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and other labor officials, together with the eco-park's administration, recently unveiled a marker at the entrance of the Luisita Industrial Park (LIP) which reads: "This is a Labor Law compliant Eco-Zone".
Filipino-American activists early Wednesday (Tuesday in the United States) interrupted President Benigno Aquino III as he was making a speech at the Columbia University, BAYAN USA said in a press release.