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.
The Department of Agrarian Reform reiterated Monday that no funds outside of what was appropriated by Congress were added to the fund which government uses to pay the cash portion of the compensation to landowners.
Great opportunities await farmer beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac City as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) unveiled various options each of them could avail. One option is the tested sugar block farming concept.
Under CARP, and through the DAR, the landmark 2012 Supreme Court ruling to finally distribute Hacienda Luisita has been subjected to various legal contrivances that favor the Cojuangco-Aquinos in their bid to once again dodge land distribution and retain control of thousands of hectares.
Clergy of the Iglesia Independiente Filipina, or Aglipayan church, and agrarian reform advocates on Thursday commemorated the March 13, 2005 murder of Fr. William Tadena and other 'martyrs' killed for their involvement in the campaign to place Hacienda Luisita under genuine land reform.
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.