Bayan-ne­gros re­futes Marañon claim on feu­dal­ism

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MIL­I­TANT group Bayan-ne­gros hit Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gover­nor Marañon for re­port­edly claim­ing there is no feu­dal­ism here in Ne­gros and if there is, it af­fects only a few.

Michael Dela Con­cep­cion, sec­re­tary­gen­eral of Bayan-ne­gros, stressed that the pres­ence of ha­cien­das in the hands of few fam­i­lies is enough proof of the feu­dal sys­tem, adding that 380,000 su­gar work­ers are not few for a bench­mark.

“Although the medieval feu­dal­ism brought by Spain has long gone, Ne­gros polity are well en­trenched on land­lords and ha­cien­deros,” Dela Con­cep­cion added.

“Pakyaw-sys­tem in ha­cienda un­der­mines the min­i­mum wage of P295 for agri­cul­tural work­ers, a bla­tant dis­re­spect to the su­gar work­ers, a slave­like treat­ment,” Dela Con­cep­cion said.

The dif­fer­ence of clas­sic feu­dal­ism and the Ne­gros cur­rent sys­tem is that the Ne­grense elite re­moves the worker from slav­ery by only a few de­grees, but still un­der their sub­ju­ga­tion, he added.*

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