New case vs Luisita farm­ers con­demned

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MABALACAT CITY — The Unyon ng mga Mang­ga­gawa sa Agrikul­tura (UMA) has con­demned the new case filed by the Luisita Land Cor­po­ra­tion (LLC) against 15 farm­ers in Ha­cienda Luisita.

UMA, in a press state­ment, claimed that the farm­ers were merely as­sert­ing their rights to cul­ti­vate lands al­ready de­clared by the Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR) for land dis­tri­bu­tion.

Among those who were charged for ma­li­cious mis­chief and tres­pass­ing is Re­nato Men­doza, chair­per­son of UMA and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Alyansa ng Mang­ga­gawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA).

The 15 who were charged were part of hun­dreds of farm­ers in Ha­cienda Luisita who as­serted their right to cul­ti­vate 200 hectares of lands be­tween Barangays Balete and Cut­cut.

The Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR) had al­ready re­voked the land use con­ver­sion or­der cover­ing the 500hectare LLC and RCBC ar­eas in Ha­cienda Luisita on Fe­bru­ary 23, 2017, through then DAR Sec­re­tary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mar­i­ano.

UMA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral John “Butch” Mil­ton Lozande called on DAR to take over the case be­cause of its agrar­ian na­ture.

At the same time, Lozande dared the agency to im­ple­ment the evic­tion of LLC and RCBC on lands it al­ready ruled in fa­vor of AMBALA.

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