Hacienda Luisita Farmers took hold of the RCBC Compound in Baranggay Balite

Last July 15, 2011, almost two hundred farmers and farm workers, all of which are beneficiaries of the much disputed agrarian reform case in Hacienda Luisita had marched out of the ten baranggays towards the 500 hectares of land purported to be sold by the Cojuangco-Aquino to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC). The billion-peso sale-of-asset deal of the Hacienda Luisita, Incorporated have not benefited any of the farmer-beneficiaries despite the fact that they are shares of stocks holders and therefore part owner of the company.

Assertion of their moral and legal rights have taken the form of land occupation. The 500 hectares of land had long been neglected. It is for the gain not just of the farmers but of the entire citizenry to turn idle agricultural lands back into its supposed to be productivity. After the successful entry to the area fenced by the RCBC administration, the farmers have therein put up camp and picket.

Several days after, clearing of the land and preparing it ready for tilling, the farmers have then again worked together for the gain of all.


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