http://www.kodao.org | Six years after, the Hacienda Luisita massacre remains an outstanding issue of the Filipino toiling masses against the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. This brief video commentary talks about why it is very important come the 2010 elections and Noynoy Aquino's presidential bid, to tackle the issue of the massacre and reflect on the life ... and death of the Luisita farm workers.
Jobert Ilarde Pahilga, the lawyer of Hacienda Luisita farmers challenging the stock distribution option (SDO) being implemented in the plantation owned by the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III, explains in this "video primer" the SDO, why the Cojuangco-Aquino family was hell-bent on it, why the lives of the farmers did not improve in spite of it, and why these farmers and peasants are opposed to it.
Buenaventura Calaquian, a farmer in Barangay Asturias, Hacienda Luisita, in Tarlac, Philippines, narrates how soldiers harassed him in November. His case was just among many such harassments since the strike and massacre at the hacienda in 2004. According to farmers and their leaders, the militarization in Hacienda Luisita intensified in the run-up to the signing of a controversial compromise agreement between the management and the farm workers. Hacienda Luisita is owned by the Philippine president, Benigno S. Aquino III, and his family.
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In this documentary, Bulatlat.com tackles Hacienda Luisita and how this agrarian dispute has become an issue of competence for Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the frontrunner in the 2010 presidential elections in the Philippines.
Ang laban para sa tunay na reporma sa lupa ay laban ng bayan. Ito ang ipinakikita sa dokumentaryong ito hinggil sa mga magsasaka ng Hacienda Luisita, na ngayo'y kabangga ang pinakamaimpluwensiyang tao sa bansa.