At the Kampuhan ng mga Magsasaka sa DAR:
Farmers speak out on Aquino's silence on land reform,
10 peasant leaders stage mass burning of 100 pictures of PNoy
September 29, 2010
Three poems: ■ Sa Ngalan (Dalangin ng Sakada) ■ Doon po sa amin ■ Sumpa na naging sumpa
Bonus Tracks: Big landed estates in Southern Tagalog
■ Video clips of the press conference
■ Philippines: 66 year old peasant leader led colleagues in storming Aquino’s Palace
Sa Ngalan (Dalangin Ng Sakada)
Doon po sa amin
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Lalabas rin ang tunay na kulay-kalawang sa ilalim ng makislap-na-dilaw na pinagkukublihan ni Aquino.
Ipatupad ang Tunay na Reporma sa Lupa!
Buwagin ang mga Hacienda sa Bansa!
Ibasura ang Kontra-Magsasakang CARPER (RA 9700)!
Isabatas ang HB 374! Isabatas ang GARB!
Pagkukulong at Pagpaslang sa Magsasaka, Itigil at Labanan!
Itigil ang Kriminalisasyon sa mga Kasong Agraryo!
Militar sa Kanayunan, Palayasin!
Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan
Agosto 6, 2010
PATULOY NA ILANTAD ANG MAKA-HACIENDERONG REHIMENG US-AQUINO!
MAKIBAKA PARA SA PAGKAKAMIT NG TUNAY NA REPORMANG AGRARYO!
Ngayong ika-7 ng Agosto ay ipagdiriwang ng Department of Agrarian Reform ang anibersaryo ng pagpapalawig ng huwad at mapaminsalang reporma sa lupa – ang CARPER (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms). Ang militanteng kilusang magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan sa halip na magdiwang ay mas lalong paiigtingin ang pakikibaka upang ilantad ang kabulukan at ipakita ang disgusto ng mga magsasaka sa CARPER. Ang huwad na CARP na tumagal na nang 20 taon, sa kabila ng pagiging inutil nito ay pinalawig pa na siyang naging daan sa pagpapalayas ng libu-libong magsasaka ng rehiyon at pagpapalit-gamit sa mga lupaing agrikultural tungo sa pook-panturismo at iba pang gamit na naglilingkod lamang sa mga dayuhan.
Mga Tampok na Kaso sa Lupa sa Timog Katagalugan.
Sa mga nabanggit na kaso pa lamang ay aabot na sa 63,123 ektaryang lupain ang maililipat ang gamit mula sa pinagkukunan natin ng pagkain tungo sa kapakinabangan ng mga dayuhan at iilang mayayaman. Hindi pa rito kasama ang daan-daang kasong usapin sa lupa sa rehiyon, pagpapatunay lamang na ang CARP ay hungkag at nagsisilbi sa interes ng mga dayuhan at iilang mayayamang kapitalista.
Walang pagbabago at inilalakong makabuluhang reporma ang CARPER. Sa halip, lalo nitong pinasahol ang huwad na CARP. Sapagkat umiiral pa ang CARP o RA 6657, taglay pa rin ng CARPER ang saligang maka-panginoong maylupang katangian nito. Nananatili ang CARPER bilang instrumento ng malalaking panginoong maylupa sa higit pang pagpapalakas at pagpapahigpit ng kanilang pag-aari, kontrol, at monopolyo sa malalawak na lupaing agrikultural ng bansa.
Umiiral pa rin ang mga eksempsyon ng malalawak na lupain at hacienda na pag-aari at kontrolado ng malalaking panginoong maylupa, mga korporasyong pag-aari din nila, mga plantasyon at agro-korporasyong dayuhan.
Marahas at Madugo ang Daang Tuwid ng Hacienderong Pangulo
Hindi pa man pormal na nakakaupo si Noynoy, iilang araw matapos ang eleksyon ay dalawang (2) insidente agad ng mararahas na pagbuwag sa kampuhan at kubuhan ng magsasaka ang naganap sa rehiyon. Una ay noong Mayo 21 sa bantayan ng mga magsasaka sa Sitio Buntog, Bgy. Canlubang sa Calamba City at ikalawa ay noong Hunyo 3 sa 21 ginibang kubuhan ng maralitang magsasaka sa Sitio Bangcal, Bgy. Bulihan sa Hacienda Looc sa Nasugbu, Batangas.
Hindi pa nasapatan, kalaunan ay nagdeploy ng militar at pulis sa parehong komunidad na ngayo’y siyang upahang armadong elemento ng mga panginoong maylupa at land developer. Naghahasik ang mga ito ng teror sa mga magbubukid at black propaganda laban sa mga organisasyong magsasaka. Hinaharang din nila ang paglabas ng mga produktong bukid papunta sa mga pamilihan.
Lalo namang tunay na kasumpa-sumpa ang ginawang marahas at brutal na pagbuwag ng may hindi bababa sa 200-pulis sa Kampuhang Magsasaka sa paanan ng tulay ng Mendiola noong hapon ng Hulyo 3, 2010 sa pagkukunwang magsasagawa ng clearing operation ang mahigit sa 50-trabahador ng Manila City Engineering Office.
Noong ika-11 ng Hulyo, pinaslang si Tatay Pascual Guevara ng Nueva Ecija, ang kauna-unahang lider-magsasaka na biktima ng extra-judicial killing sa panahon ng rehimen ni Noynoy. Sa araw ding ito ay ilegal na dinakip si Edi Cruz, isang katutubong Dumagat sa Rizal at nananatiling nakakulong sa bintang na siya ay kasapi ng New People’s Army.
Hulyo 19, tatlong (3) katutubong Dumagat ang pinaslang ng pinaghihinalaang mga sundalo sa Rizal. Sila ay sina Benita San Jose, Demilita Largo at Edward Navarte.
Hindi pa nga umiinit-ang-puwit ng bagong rehimen sa pagkakaupo sa Malakanyang ay
kaagad nang nakatikim ang mamamayan ng kalupitang maari nitong kasadlakan sa susunod na anim na taon.
SONA ni Noynoy – Maka-Haciendero, Maka-Kapitalista at Kontra-Mamamayan
Matapos ang unang State of the Nation Address ni Aquino, lalong nalantad ang pusturang maka-haciendero at maka-kapitalista ng bagong rehimen. Litaw-na-litaw ang pagsasaalang-alang ni Aquino sa nagdaang rehimen. Hindi niya diretsong matukoy ang mga krimen nito at walang konkretong marching order, kagaya ng kanyang paboritong sabihin, kung paano kakasuhan at paparusahan si Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at ang mga kasapakat nito sa pandarambong ng yaman ng bansa at sa napakahabang rekord ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao ng mamamayan sa loob ng 9-na-taon.
Iniwasan at/o sadyang walang-imik si Aquino kung paano haharapin ang malaong problema sa lupa na patuloy na nagpapahirap sa mahigit 70% ng populasyong Pilipino. Ang sinsero at mapagpasyang pagpapatupad lamang ng tunay na repormang agraryo ang puputol sa tanikala ng pagka-alipin ng mga maralita sa kanayunan.
Kung ang sariling hacienda ni Aquino ay hindi niya kayang ipamahagi, anong ehemplo at padron ang iiwan nito sa kapwa niya panginoong maylupa? Anong marching order ang lilikhain nito sa kanyang Department of Agrarian Reform?
Walang ilusyon ang uring anakpawis at maralita sa kanayunan ng Timog Katagalugan na dadalahin ni Aquino sa tamang landas ng pagbabago ang bansa.
Malinaw-na-malinaw sa SONA ni Aquino na ang Daang Tuwid na kanyang tinutukoy ay paghawan ng kalsada para sa kanyang among imperyalistang U.S. at mga dayuhang kapitalista, mga bussiness partner na kapwa haciendero at panginoong maylupa, at mga burukrata sa gobyernong malalapit niyang kamag-anak at kaibigan.
Walang binanggit ang SONA ni Aquino tungkol sa maralita ng kanayunan. Wala siyang plano na makasabay sa paglalakbay sa kanyang Daang Tuwid ang malawak na sambayanang maralita at inaapi. Bagkus sa maagang rekord ng kanyang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, dugo ng mga biktima ng extra-judicial killing ang kanyang ibinubo at ginawang pampatibay ng pundasyon ng kanyang Daang Tuwid
Kung gayo’y nananatiling sa nagkakaisang sariling lakas ng mamamayan nakasalalay ang tunay na pagbabago. Sa okasyon ng unang taong anibersaryo ng pagsasabatas ng RA 9700 o CARPER, iguguhit na ng kilusang magbubukid sa rehiyon ang makauring pagtatakwil sa rehimeng US-Aquino habang patuloy pa ring inilalantad ang katangian nito upang maipaunawa sa nag-iilusyon pang mamamayan na malao’t-madali ay malalantad ang pagiging sunud-sunuran ni Aquino sa dikta ng imperyalistang U.S. bilang tagapagpatupad ng interes ng kapwa niya panginoong maylupa sa loob ng gobyernong patatakbuhin din niyang katulad ng isang malaking negosyo.
|Peasant leaders Pido Gonzalez and Antonio Flores look at the photos of fellow peasant leaders who are victims of extra judicial killings and abductions|
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
Stop military atrocities against leaders and members of people’s organizations in Central Luzon
Reference: Sr. Cecile C. Ruiz, Chairperson
CP No. 09175960578
Joseph Canlas, Chairperson
Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson
CP No. 09182335050
Roman L. Polintan, Chairperson
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Gitnang Luson (BAYAN-GL)
CP No. 09272223418
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing military violence perpetrated against progressive people’s organizations in Central Luzon.
Some may have thought that the dark years of military terror and culture of impunity that attended the more than 9 years of the Arroyo regime have come to an end with the coming to power of President Noynoy Aquino. But the chilling experiences of our leaders and members indicate the resurgence of military atrocities against civilians under the present Aquino administration.
Just recently, Rodolfo Sambajon, MAKABAYAN-Bataan secretary-general and former national chair of PAMALAKAYA, a fisherfolk organization, was hunted down by 7 armed men who claimed to be policemen from Orion, Bataan.
Sambajon was first accosted and threatened on September 11, 2010 by two armed men riding in tandem in a motorcycle while he was waiting for a bus ride back home after a meeting with leaders of SMMB (Samahan ng Magsasaka at Mamamayan ng Bangad), held at Sitio Bangad, General Lim, Orion, Bataan.
But the presence of some members of the SMMB and other people prevented them from carrying out their evil intent. Sambajon managed to elude them on board a tricycle that sped away to safety, while being chased by four men riding in tandem on two motorcycles. Unable to catch up with the speeding tricycle, the armed men, this time joined by 3 others, went back and threatened members of the SMMB for some information about him. For 3 consecutive days, the 7 armed men surveyed and kept close watch of Sambajon’s house with the clear intent to get him.
The attempt on Sambajon’s life followed a more gruesome attack on a peasant leader in Nueva Ecija. On July 9, 2010, at around 4:30 in the afternoon, Pascual Gabuyo Guevarra, 78, Chair of the Alyansa ng Magsasakang Nagkakaisa ng 31,000-FMMR (ALMANA), convennor of Samahan ng mga Biktima ng Kalamidad sa Nueva Ecija (SBK-NE) and leader of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (ARBA) was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding men while he was doing some household chores at his home in Brgy. San Isidro, Laur, Nueva Ecija. He sustained two gunshot wounds on his chest, killing him instantly.
The attack also resulted in the wounding of Guevarra’s grandson, 18-year old student Ronnel Viloria, who was also shot by the assassin while he was wrestling with the latter.
Previous to this, on June 26, 2010, the Convent of the Catholic Church, Nuestra Senora de la Salvacion in Brgy. Bianoan, Casiguran, Aurora, was strafed with bullets resulting to destruction of church properties. This was allegedly perpetrated by elements of the 48th IBPA, with headwuarters at Brgy. Calabuanan, Baler, Aurora. By all indications, the strafing was intended to threaten and intimidate the parish priest, Fr. Jose Francisco (Fr. Joefran) for his leading the people of Aurora in the struggle against the APECO project located in Brgys. Dibet and Esteves, Casiguran, Aurora.
Even in President Noynoy Aquino’s backyard, the Cojuangco-Aquino clan-owned Hacienda Luisita, military operations against the farm workers have continued without let up. Military detachments manned by CAFGU’s and operating under the direction of the Philippine Army’s 701st Brigade and the 71st IB have been set up in almost all of the 10 barangays that comprise the Hacienda. Almost on a daily basis,and with clockwork regularity, the military and the CAFGU paramilitary units conduct intelligence, surveillance, intended to threaten, intimidate and harass the farm workers and leaders of the United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU), AMBALA, local youth organization as well as progressive people’s organizations and partylist groups supporting their struggle against the SDO and the CARPer Law and for redistribution of the land to the rightful beneficiaries.
These unabated military atrocities are clear indication that the Oplan Bantay Laya(OBL) is still in place despite its being defeated by the people’s militant struggles. There is no doubt that the Aquino administration is trying to rework this counter-insurgency program to conform with the US Interagenncy Counter-Agency Initiative (COIN) to frustrate the people’s struggle for land, justice, freedom and democracy. The COIN was jointly formulated by the USAID, the US Secretary of Defense and the US Secretary of State and now being dictated for adoption by US allies and client states.
We challenge the Aquino administration to stop the military atrocities in Central Luzon and the entire country even as we call on the Filipino people to continue to defeat the OBL or its reengineered version. ###
Philippines: 66 year old
peasant leader led colleagues in storming Aquino’s Palace
Kasama-TK had also asked Aquino to act on the
demand of some 10,000 farmer beneficiaries in Hacienda Looc to distribute
for free the 8,650 hectare prime agricultural estate Hacienda Looc in
Nasugbu, Batangas and other haciendas in Southern Tagalog region
controlled by the Ayala-Zobel family, which the group said was staunch
ally of President Aquino.
“President Aquino, the Cojuangco-Aquino feudal
clique and the Ayala-Zobel monopoly of land estates are conspiring to
eject farmers so they could enjoy lifetime control and exploitation of
lands in many parts of the region. This is the real story told several
times but Noynoy remains unperturbed. Let us see in the next succeeding
days of his presidency if he could still withstand the raging outrage from
the countryside,” the farmer group warned.
Farmers burn PNoy pictures to protest ‘disregard’ of land reform
ANDREO C. CALONZO, GMANews.TV
09/29/2010 | 04:59 PM
Militant farmer groups on Wednesday burned images of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III to protest the government’s alleged "disregard of land reform and the interest of Filipino peasants."
Peasant groups Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid ng Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA-TK) burned 100 pictures of Aquino in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) building in Quezon City to signify his supposed "inaction" on agrarian reform issues during his first 100 days in office.
"Our bases are clear. Aquino has no plans of effecting change or serving the interest of the Filipino peasants. Poor Filipinos are not his bosses, but the rich and powerful landlords," KMP spokesperson Antonio Flores said in a statement on Wednesday.
The groups have been camping out around Metro Manila since Aquino’s inaugural on June 30 to call for the distribution of hacienda lands all over the country.
KASAMA-TK Secretary-General Axel Pinpin said his group even wrote a letter to Aquino during the President’s first week in office to plead for land reform, but the letter was just "ignored" and forwarded to the DAR and the Department of Agriculture.
"We tried to reach him, send him our demands, plead for fundamental reforms, but he mentioned nothing about land reform in his speeches," he said.
He added that instead of heeding their grievances, the government even treated them "violently," especially during a dispersal at the Chino Roces Bridge (Mendiola bridge) near Malacañang Palace, where their groups initially camped out. (See: Luisita workers, other rallyists arrested in Mendiola for ‘obstruction’)
The dispersal, where 42 farmer-protesters were arrested but were later released, forced them to transfer in front of the DAR office in Quezon City, according to Pinpin.
The peasant group leader likewise said his fellow farmers were already "losing hope" on the Aquino administration, since they have been "totally ignored" during the President’s first three months in office.
"We are very disappointed of Aquino’s attitude towards farmers… It is already on its 91st day in office but we have received no positive response on our demands," he said.
Meanwhile, Flores said the two farmer groups will stage more protests in the coming days as a "countdown" to the President’s first 100 days in office.
A vigil will be staged at the Chino Roces Bridge during Aquino’s 100th day in office on October 8, he said.
Protest actions will also be held in front of the President’s residence on Times Street and in front of government offices involved in peasant issues, he added.
"There is no doubt that Aquino is a true-blue haciendero, in power only to preserve the feudal control of his class," Flores said.
President Aquino has shares in Hacienda Luisita, Inc., the corporation which owns the controversial 6,453-hectare sugar plantation in Tarlac. (See: Holding on: A Hacienda Luisita timeline from the Spanish to the Noynoy eras)
The case of the Cojuangco-owned sugar plantation has been pending before the Supreme Court since 2006. The high court formed last month a mediation panel to try to settle the land dispute, but a faction of the farmers from the hacienda has recenty refused to participate in the proceedings. (See: Luisita farmers walk out of SC mediation proceedings)
When he was campaigning for president, Aquino vowed to redistribute the Hacienda Luisita lands his family owns to farmer-beneficiaries by June 2014. (See: Noynoy: Hacienda Luisita distributed to farmers by 2014) — RSJ, GMANews.TV
HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION OF MAKABAYAN BATAAN
Orion, Bataan, Central Luzon, Philippines
UA Date: 23 September 2010
UA Case: Threat/Harassment/Intimidation
Victim: RODOLFO SAMBAJON
- 63 years old, married, with 5 children
- A resident of Orani, Bataan
- Former PAMALAKAYA - Chairman
- MAKABAYAN - Bataan Secretary General
Place of Incident: Sitio Bangad, General Lim, Orion, Bataan
Date of Incident: Separate incidents: September 11 – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
September 12 – 8:00 in the morning
September 13 – 2:00 in the morning
Alleged Perpetrator(s): suspected elements of CAFGU, 3RD IB-PA, VL Group of Companies owned by Celso Valdekanias (developer of a disputed land in Bangad)
Account of the Incidents:
On September 11, 2010, at around 10:00 a.m. Rodolfo Sambajon (called Rudy by his associates) was in a meeting with leaders of SMMB (Samahan ng Magsasaka at Mamamayan ng Bangad) which was being held at Sitio Bangad, General Lim, Orion, Bataan. Midway the meeting, the leaders noticed the arrival of 3 men on board two motorcycles without plate numbers one of the men called a member who immediately responded to talk to them.
After the meeting, Rudy left for home. While waiting for a mini-bus at a corner about 100 meters away from where the meeting he attended took place, 2 men riding in tandem aboard a motorcycle approached him. (To his recollection these were the same men who had spoken with the member at the meeting.) Rudy was asked: “From where are you? Why were you in the meeting?” Rudy answered: “I just dropped by on my way to buy vegetables for my wife to sell. By the way, who are you?” They answered they were policemen from Orion. Rudy asked them again: What do you need from me; and why are you not in uniform? May I see your IDs?”
The one at the wheels shouted: “We are policemen. What is your name?” At his juncture, one of the SMMB members arrived at the scene, and the motorcycle-riding men drove away.
Rudy decided to go back to the meeting place to tell the leaders about what happened. He had not yet gone far, when he noticed that the motorcycle-riding men were following him. He entered the yard of a resident there to ask for help. At this point he saw one of the men draw a gun and shouted: “Don’t run; come here; what’s in your bag?” The owner of the house immediately came out upon hearing the shout. The motorcycle-riding men again hastily left.
By this time, a member of SMMB passed by where Rudy took shelter. So Rudy recounted to him what happened. While they were talking, the motorcycle-riding men returned, this time pointing at Rudy. The SMMB member then took a tricycle for Rudy to take another route; still, the motorcycle-riding men continued pursuing Rudy.
This time there were two motorcycles, each with two men riding in tandem. Rudy, however, could safely avoid their pursuit.
Around 4:00 p.m. an SMMB member called up Rudy, saying that 7 men who were tracing Rudy’s route threatened him if he did not tell them where Rudy lived. The 7 had also been asking the barrio folk how Rudy looked like and where he lived. They continued threatening but left by 700 p.m.
At 8:00 p.m. another SMMB member called up Rudy to report that he saw the hut where Rudy was living being surveyed. Rudy then transferred his invalid son to another house nearby, and fearing for his children’s safety, he immediately called radio DZRH who right away informed the Orion police. When the Orion police, together with their chief, arrived for investigation, Rudy’s children were already brought to safety.
The next day, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, motorcycles without plate numbers were seen continuously roving the area, according to the barrio folk.
Sept. 13, 2010, according to Rudy’s neighbors, at around 2:00 in the morning, dogs were continuously barking. Some neighbors started checking why and they reportedly saw 7 men enter the yard of Rudy. They advised Rudy to immediately report this to the police.
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Mga Tampok na Kaso sa Lupa sa Timog Katagalugan
Mga Tampok na Kaso sa Lupa sa Timog Katagalugan.
To get an idea of the size of each hacienda, compare them with the land areas of these four cities: