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Sep 27th
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Monday, 22 March 2010 17:25
Since the New York Times came out last March 15 exposing that Noynoy Aquino lied to the people about the true intentions of the Cojuangco family about Hacienda Luisita, the Liberal Party has been attempting in vain to control the damage that is rocking his presidential candidacy. The result is a series of faux pas piled on top of another. First was a denial frustrated. Noynoy said his cousin who exposed the canard has already apologized to him via text as he declared that Atty. Fernando Cojuangco, the chief operating officer of Hacienda Luisita, was misquoted. The Manila office of New York Times the following day however announced that it stood by its story and refused to recant it. It even said that the whole interview was fully taped and if the interviewee so desires, a copy can be provided him. Second were sudden stringent prohibitions by the Aquino cordon sanitaire about what the press can ask and not ask the candidate during their campaign sortie in Catarman. Verboten were: the Hacienda Luisita case, the Reproductive Health bill, the Plaza Miranda bombing and questions about the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos. During the press conference, however, one reporter who was not present when the prohibited topics were announced, asked about Hacienda Luisita. Noynoy's response however was that “We (the Cojuangcos) are the oppressed party in this issue.” A week has not been over and Noynoy has already lied three times. The presidential candidate could not even wait for this Sunday's gospel where Peter would deny Christ three times. So this morning, I was flabbergasted when I read the Liberal Party's formally responding from Bahuio City to the Aquino prevarications. The snowjob effort had three talking points: 1) A P2-billion debt and complicated talks among the extended family of the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino are delaying settlement of a workers’ dispute over Hacienda Luisita, 2) Former secretaries of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are attempting to help the LP presidential candidate, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, find a solution to Noynoy's problem. These are Florencio Abad, Philip Ella Juico and Ernesto Garilao. 3) Abad who is also the LP campaign manager said the party’s agrarian reform team was busy with “the process of getting consensus” from the late President’s siblings, who are co-owners of the estate. In short, all the kings men and all the kings horses are trying to put "Humpty Dumpty" or Noynoy back together again. Let us start with the third point. Abad does not seem to realize that for the fourth time, what he is saying is that Noynoy has lied again. Earlier this week when trying to cover up his cousin, the presidential candidate told the press that the Cojuangco family and he met in September right after he formally announced that he was running for president. Noynoy earlier told the press that it was then that they already agreed to distribute the property. That sounded like a consensus to me, so what consensus are these three stoogies of his trying to extract from the Cojuangcos? Now let us go to the first point. Sonuvagun, as the late Max Soliven would have said, they are already preloading $2 billion to their bargaining position in anticipation of negotiations for the distribution of the lands to the farmers. But what has the farmers to do with this debt that is the corporate debt of the Cojuangcos, incurred iby their mismanagement of the estate? Why would this even be a matter of concern for the farmers? They have already denied the true owners of the land their productive use of their land, now they will burden them or the government with their unproductiveness? This shows the unconscionable and unmitigated greed of these oligarchs. Lulutuin pa ang mga magsasaka at republika ng Pilipinas sa sariling nitong mantika. This issue is way beyond their 1968 deadline. All they have to do is hand over the papers and the papers to the government who will distribute the lands, and leave. So now we come to the second point, that is, former agriarian secretaries Abad, Juico and Garilao, finding a solution to this problem. Wow what an attempt to present a proactive mode! Do the Filipino people know these characters? Abad as secretary failed to defeprevent the Lankaan Estate in Cavite from being declared commercial during the Cory Aquino presidency to the disadvantage of its farmers. Garilao disenfranchised during the FVR administration, the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association - the NGO component of the Department Agrarian Reform created by law to help implement the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Ado Paglinawan Washington, DC
This is a comment on "US-based Supporters Urge Manny Villar to Target Distribution of Hacienda Luisita to Farmer-Beneficiaries Before Christmas 2010"

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