Tag Archives: In the News

[In the news] PH economy slows down under Aquino – RAPPLER.com

PH economy slows down under Aquino – RAPPLER – Philippine News | Multimedia | Citizen Journalism | Social Media.

by Katherine Visconti, RAPPLER.com

January 30, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines – In 2011, the first full year of the Aquino administration, the Philippine economy slowed down to 3.7% from a robust 7.6% the year before due to factors beyond the government’s control–global economic woes and bad weather–as well as the well-criticized delays in government spending on crucial infrastructure.

This confirms previous forecasts that the government missed its GDP growth rate target of 4.5% to 5.5% for 2011. Gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the primary indicators to gauge the health of an economy.

Read full article @ www.rappler.com

[In the news] Flood in illegal Philippine gold mine kills 2 | Sun.Star

Flood in illegal Philippine gold mine kills 2 | Sun.Star.

January 30, 2012

 MANILA — Police said seawater flooded an illegal gold mine in Camarines Norte province Sunday morning, killing two miners.

Police officer Wilmore Fresco said police searched the mine in the coastal town of Paracale in Camarines Norte to check if other miners were trapped in the vertical pit as eight are believed to be buried alive.

Fresco said the bodies of the two men were retrieved Sunday. They victims were identified as Christian Banal of Barangay Mercedes and Budo Villanueva of Barangay Dalnac.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[In the news] Bishops begin plenary assembly, may tackle Corona impeachment | Sun.Star

Bishops begin plenary assembly, may tackle Corona impeachment | Sun.Star.

January 28, 2012

 MANILA–At least a hundred bishops from various dioceses across the country will meet to tackle church and pressing national concerns for their three-day plenary assembly at Pope Pius XII Center.

However, it is not immediately known if the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will issue a statement regarding the ongoing impeachment trial against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, who has since rejected calls to leave his post.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[In the news] Mines chamber bewails exclusion in mining conference | Sun.Star

Mines chamber bewails exclusion in mining conference | Sun.Star.

By Bong S. Sarmiento
Thursday, January 26, 2012

  DAVAO CITY – The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (Comp) criticized the organizers of the 2012 International Conference of Mining in Mindanao for excluding industry players from the event.

The 2012 International Conference on Mining in Mindanao, a congregation of anti-mining groups and individuals, is being held at the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU).

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The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and AdDu organized the event, which kicked off Thursday and will end today, Friday.

AdDu president Fr. Joel Tabora said they did not invite mining corporations in the two-day event because they simply do not want their presence.

Comp vice president for communications Rocky G. Dimaculangan said they earlier sent a letter addressed to Fr. Tabora, requesting participation to the conference, but the group did not receive response.

“We do understand your anxieties and your genuine concern for the protection of our environment and our people and we share the same concern particularly on how we can efficiently utilize our resources for the betterment of our country and citizens,” the chamber said on its letter.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[In the news] Strategic dialogue to discuss expanded US military in PH – ABS-CBN News

Strategic dialogue to discuss expanded US military in PH
by Rodney Jaleco, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau
January 26, 2012

  WASHINGTON D.C. –  The 2nd Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) between the Philippines and United States begin discussions tomorrow on a host of issues that reportedly include an expanded American military presence in the Philippines.
Media reports here suggested both the Philippines and US are seeking an arrangement that would allow more American troops to be stationed in the country, even if only temporarily, to assuage fears by Southeast Asian nations against growing Chinese aggression in the region.

The BSD will be held for 2 days at the Department of State.

The Philippine side is composed of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda Basilio and Defense Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs and Strategic Concerns Pio Lorenzo Batino.

The US will be represented by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Peter Lavoy.

The 1st BSD was held January 27-28 last year in Manila.

Read full article @ www.abs-cbnnews.com

[In the news] Almendras: No more nuclear future for Bataan plant – PhilStar.com

Almendras: No more nuclear future for Bataan plant
By Ding Cervantes, The Philippine Star
January 19, 2012

 CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – The idle Bataan nuclear power plant (BNPP) definitely no longer has any nuclear future and might have to be totally abandoned for other purposes, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said here.

“A coal-fired power plant is being considered, but the conversion cost seems too high so it might be better to consider a new plant,” Almendras said at a press conference during an “energy forum” held here Tuesday by the Department of Energy.

Almendras, however, said the government has not closed its doors to new nuclear technology developments that would take into consideration the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan as a result of the devastating tsunani triggered by a powerful quake in northeast Japan in March last year.

“Maybe in five to seven years from now, that new technology would be available and these are plants that can withstand risks,” he said, citing proposals to construct smaller nuclear plants producing lesser power.

Almendras also noted previous studies showing that the BNPP is not on an ideal site.”

He was referring to findings that the plant, whose construction started in 1976 during the Marcos administration, was located on an earthquake fault zone and too near Mt. Pinatubo whose eruption in 1991 was said to be one of the most powerful in recent history.

Read full article @ www.philstar.com

[In the news] COMMENTARY: A Country Deprived of the Ecosystem Services of the Forests- www.mindanews.com

COMMENTARY: A Country Deprived of the Ecosystem Services of the Forests
By Reynaldo D. Raluto, http://www.mindanews.com
January 10, 2012

Last of 2 parts: A nation with a devastated focal ecosystem

 CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/9 January) – Having crossed the sustainable limit of deforestation in the late 1940s, Filipinos gradually felt the deprivation of the original “ecosystem services” of the forests they used to enjoy. Indeed, due to severe deforestation, the present ecological state of the Philippine environment is helplessly vulnerable to various forms of natural disasters. We suffer from the bad ecological effects of deforestation. We are beginning to realize that the forest is a “focal ecosystem” whose destruction would necessarily affect all other ecosystems.

The “ecosystem services” of the forests are necessary for the maintenance of water, land, living species, and climate – among others. Let us try to account some ecologically destructive effects of the present state of degraded natural forests.

The crisis of fresh water. In its Philippines Profile 2002, the IBON Philippines reported that our country is naturally gifted with inland waters composed of over 421 river basins equivalent to 31,000 hectares, roughly 72 natural lakes equivalent to 200,000 hectares, and more than 106,328 hectares of freshwater swamplands. In terms of groundwater storage, it was estimated that the country enjoyed 261,775 million cubic meters. With these abundant water resources, the country is theoretically assured of enough water needs.

Read full article @ www.mindanews.com

[in the news] CA junks rebellion case against Ampatuans – GMAnetwork.com

CA junks rebellion case against Ampatuans
Andreo Calonzo/VS, GMA News
January 2, 2012

 The Court of Appeals on Monday dismissed the rebellion case against members of the Ampatuan clan and their allies for lack of probable cause, a GMA News TV report said.

The appellate court upheld a previous ruling by the Quezon City Regional Court Branch 77 junking the case for the government’s supposed failure to present evidence to support the rebellion case. [/news/story/187254/news/nation/court-junks-rebellion-raps-vs-ampatuan-patriarch-others]

Among the Ampatuans named as respondents to the case are: clan patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr., former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, Datu Akmad Tato Ampatuan, Datu Anwar Ampatuan and Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan.

Members of the powerful Ampatuan clan in Central Mindanao have been blamed for the massacre of 57 people, including 32 journalists, in Maguindanao province on Nov. 23, 2009.

Read full article @ www.gmanetwork.com

[in the news] Palace to draft own Freedom of Information bill – InterAksyon.com

Palace to draft own Freedom of Information bill
by Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com
January 01, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III has ordered a Palace study group to hasten efforts to come up with a final draft of the Freedom of Information bill.

“I will ask this committee that has been talking to all of the stakeholders if we can move faster on it,” Aquino said.

The President, however, admitted that “nuances” in the draft text have made it difficult to arrive at a consensus.

Aquino said he wants an FOI law that is “livable by everybody” and balances the concerns of the state with the citizens right to information.

“Even in the consultations with the stakeholders, it seems they cannot come up with an agreement,” he said.

Read full article @ interaksyon.com

HRonlinePH.com’s Top 10 HR [in the news] posts of 2011

Sharing online NEWS about human rights issues is one of our ways in keeping our readers informed of what’s been happening around us.  HRonlinePH.com’s [in the news] category aims to collect and share relevant links of NEWS tackling issues of human rights posted by media networks on their website.

Based on the hits they garnered from our visitors statistics, here are HRonlinePH.com’s Top 10 HR [in the news] posts of 2011.

1.EDITORIAL – Impunity | The Philippine Star News Opinion
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“Whether or not Sumera’s killing was related to her broadcasting work, every murder must be solved. So far, too many murders targeting journalists are still waiting to be solved nationwide. This failure breeds the impunity that encourages more attacks.”

EDITORIAL – Impunity – The Philippine Star
April 04, 2011

2.Nueva Vizcaya faces a mining dilemma – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos
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“In January, the Commission on Human Rights passed a resolution urging President Aquino to revoke Oceanagold’s Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) based on findings that the company committed human rights violations when it tried to prepare its mine site in Didipio and clear residential areas.
The violations included harassment and intimidation against residents and illegal demolition, with the use of armed men.”

Nueva Vizcaya faces a mining dilemma-
Inquirer Northern Luzon
Melvin Gascon
March 22, 2011

3.Marcopper mine spill still haunts Marinduque – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos 
Read full article @ newsinfo.inquirer.net

“With villagers still suffering from the mine spill over a decade ago, there may be reason for them to rejoice when the Supreme Court held Marcopper accountable for what happened.

On March 8, the high court issued a writ of kalikasan in favor of three residents who sued Placer Dome Inc. and Barrick Gold Corp., the parent-companies of Marcopper (which shut down after the mine spill), on behalf of the victims.”

Marcopper mine spill still haunts Marinduque – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.
Gerald Gene R. Querubin
March 24, 2011

4. De Lima sees violation of Anti-Child Abuse Law by Willie’s show | The Philippine Star News Headlines
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“I’m a human rights advocate and that (incident) really falls under the child protection act,” De Lima.

De Lima sees violation of Anti-Child Abuse Law by Willie’s show -The Philippine Star
Edu Punay
April 13, 2011

5.EDITORIAL – Dirty war | The Philippine Star News Opinion 
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“Fighting insurgents is almost always dirty, and battling terrorists even more so. International rules on warfare rarely apply. Still, the government, especially in a democracy, must lead the way in upholding human rights even in the dirtiest wars. Never mind if rebel groups refuse to be bound by international rules on warfare. A healthy respect for human rights wins hearts and minds, depriving insurgents of crucial public support, and raising the government’s chances of winning the war.”

EDITORIAL – Dirty war-The Philippine Star
April 11, 2011

6.Escudero wants implementation of Juvenile Justice Law suspended – InterAksyon.com 
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“We want to suspend the JJ (Juvenile Justice) Law because there are no funds for infrastructure and rehabilitation of youth offenders. Suspensiyon lang ang nais namin kasi nga walang infrastructure to support the law [What we want is for it to be suspended because there is no infrastructure to support the law],” Escudero said.

Escudero wants implementation of Juvenile Justice Law suspended- InterAksyon.com
Karl John C. Reyes
September 12, 2011

7.EDITORIAL – Growth without development | The Philippine Star News Opinion
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“Corruption is not the only reason why little progress has been made in reducing the number of Filipinos living below the poverty line. Another major reason is that the nation’s resources cannot meet the needs of the booming population. President Aquino should wield the powers of his office to push for the passage of a law that will promote women’s reproductive health and make the benefits of economic growth trickle down to the grassroots.”

EDITORIAL – Growth without development -The Philippine Star
May 10, 2011

8.EDITORIAL – Climate change and corruption | The Philippine Star News Opinion 
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“President Aquino has vowed to battle corruption and promote good governance. Confronting climate change should give him additional impetus to deliver on that promise.”

EDITORIAL – Climate change and corruption –
The Philippine Star
May 05, 2011

9.Metro minimum wage workers get P22 increase in daily wage – Interaksyon.com
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“Workers want a legislated wage hike because it is only through legislation that we have the chance of getting a substantial wage hike, like the P125 across-the-board wage hike that HB 375 seeks to legislate. Any wage hike that is smaller than P125, especially if it is very meager compared with the latter, won’t give workers a genuine relief,” Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.

Minimum wage workers in Metro Manila get P22 increase in ECOLA – InterAksyon.com
May 9, 2011

10.Church drive vs RH bill form of violence against women—solon – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos 
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“The campaign of the Catholic Church to torpedo the reproductive health bill pending in Congress propagates violence against women,” House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman said in a statement.

Church drive vs RH bill form of violence against women—solon – Philippine Daily Inquirer
Cynthia Balana
March 29, 2011

[In the news] Search for missing ‘Sendong’ victims goes online – abs-cbnNEWS.com

Search for missing ‘Sendong’ victims goes online
by Ivy Jean Vibar, abs-cbnNEWS.com

  MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos have harnessed the power of Facebook to help tropical Sendong victims search for their missing friends and relatives.

With the number of casualties rising to more than a thousand as of posting time, people are going online to make their search easier. Two pages have been created on social networking site Facebook for people to post photos and profiles of their missing loved ones.

1. Sendong missing persons
2. Missing persons of CDO and Iligan

“One for Iligan, help CDO (Cagayan de Oro)” said the icon of one page which, as of posting time, had 746 likes and less than a hundred photos and personal descriptions posted on its wall.

“PLEASE POST THE PICTURES OF THE MISSING PEOPLE OF CDO AND ILIGAN IN THIS PAGE. May this page help find loved ones and friends who were lost because of Bagyong Sendong.” the page’s “About” said.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/12/23/11/search-missing-sendong-victims-goes-online

[In the news] ‘Helping Mindanao NOW’ benefit concert for Sendong victims – www.gmanetwork.com

‘Helping Mindanao NOW’ benefit concert for Sendong victims

  Some of the country’s top artists and musicians have come together for a special fund-raising concert for the victims of typhoon Sendong. The show is set on December 26, Monday, from 6 p.m to 12 midnight, at the Rockwell Tent in Makati.

The entrance fee is P500, but everyone is enjoined to donate as much as they are able. Sagip Kapamilya of the ABS-CBN Foundation will take charge of the funds generated.

More than 20 artists and bands have pledged performances for the night. Among these are The Company, Noel Cabangon, True Faith, Aiza Seguerra, AMP Big Band with Skarlet, Luke Mejares, Guarana, Aquarela, Dulce with Jetto Aquino, Ivy Violan, Music Making Company, and more, with David Celdran giving the event introduction.

Read full article @ www.gmanetwork.com

[In the news] No pardon recommendation for Abadilla 5 yet — Aquino – InterAksyon.com

No pardon recommendation for Abadilla 5 yet — Aquino
by Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com

  President Benigno Aquino III said he has yet to receive the papers for the possible commutation of the life sentences of the so-called Abadilla 5.

“The Abadilla 5 file has not yet reached me,” Aquino said.

The President said the recommendation that he received from the Board of Pardons and Parole was that for a British national who is a Thalidomide victim.

Aquino was referring to the case of William Burton, a Thalidomide victim who was convicted for trying to smuggle out of the country 12 pounds of marijuana in 1992.

Read full article @ interaksyon.com

[in the news] ‘Butcher’ hunted by AFP – INQUIRER.net

‘Butcher’ hunted by AFP.

Palparan must confront charges, says De Lima
By Philip C. Tubeza, TJ Burgonio, Tonette Orejas
Inquirer Central Luzon, Philippine Daily Inquirer

  CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—A fugitive from the law for the past six days, retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. is besieged on many fronts.

The National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police are after Palparan to make him and three others stand trial for the kidnapping of two University of the Philippines students in Hagonoy, Bulacan, in June 2006.

Now, even the Armed Forces of the Philippines is helping hunt the man tagged by activist groups as “Berdugo” (Butcher), for the scores of activists and ordinary citizens killed, abducted and injured during his tour of duty.

“We will try our very best to help arrest him in support of the PNP,” Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa, the AFP chief of staff, said in a phone interview from Davao City on Friday.

Asked to confirm if the military was helping track down Palparan, Dellosa said: “Since he is a fugitive, he can be arrested. We can assist the PNP through the joint peace and security coordinating center.”

Dellosa also said the military had complied with the request of the Department of Justice to be on the lookout for the fugitive and to prevent him from leaving the country. “So far, we’ve published lookout bulletins,” he said.

On Dec. 19, warrants for the arrest of Palparan and three others were issued by Bulacan Regional Trial Court Judge Teodora Gonzales in connection with the 2006 kidnapping of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.

The AFP provost marshal had helped arrest two of the coaccused, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio. Both active in the service, the two were remanded to police custody in Camp Crame on Dec. 20.

M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, the third coaccused, is at large like Palparan.

Hilario is said to be Palparan’s right-hand man. He used a number of aliases, former Bulacan Gov. Josefina de la Cruz said in an interview after five residents of San Jose del Monte City went missing in 2005.

Palparan had earlier said he should not be charged with kidnapping because he was not a private person but an Army commander when Cadapan and Empeño went missing. He retired as commander of the 7th Infantry Division in Central Luzon in September 2006.

Read full article @ newsinfo.inquirer.net

[In the news] ‘Stop threatening judge,’ lawyer of missing UP students tells Palparan- InterAksyon.com

‘Stop threatening judge,’ lawyer of missing UP students tells Palparan
by Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines — The lawyer of missing University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Kadapan and Karen Empno on Wednesday told retired Army general General Jovito Palaparan, who is accused of their abduction and disappearance, to stop threatening the judge who issued a warrant for his arrest and just give himself up.

Edre Olalia, secretary General of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, said it is time for Palparan to “face the music” for all the human rights violations he allegedly committed while he was in the service.

“He must give himself up now and stop being a coward and heartless creature that he really is,” Olalia said.

Read full article @ www.interaksyon.com

[From the web] To the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Re: Article on Gay Rights – filipinofreethinkers.org

To the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Re: Article on Gay Rights

by R. Diaz.

Dear Editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer,

Having relied on The Philippine Daily Inquirer as an essential source of information on Philippine politics, lifestyle, and business, I would like to commend the newspaper for continuing to cover stories that matter to Filipinos both in the Philippines and abroad, often with exceptional depth and quality.

Thus, given my past admiration, it is with utter disappointment that I write to strongly critique a recent article, entitled “CBCP Wants Anti-Discrimination Bill Cleansed of Provisions on Gay Rights”, published on December 7th, 2011. In this article, Nina Calleja discusses the CBCP’s opposition to the current Senate Bill 2814 (Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling Act of 2011). Although the bill has passed the third reading in the Senate, it still has to go through harmonizing through bicameral discussions. The CBCP thus wants the phrase “sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity” removed from inclusion as the bill goes through this harmonizing process.

Read full article @ filipinofreethinkers.org

[In the news] China turns down Phl ‘mercy mission’ – www.philstar.com

China turns down Phl ‘mercy mission’
By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – China has refused a visit from Vice President Jejomar Binay to ask for mercy for a Filipino on death row and said the execution will not be delayed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

The 35-year-old Filipino, who was caught at an airport in 2008 trying to smuggle about 1.5 kilograms of heroin into China from Malaysia, is scheduled for execution on Dec. 8.

“We have also been informed that the Chinese side is unable to arrange the visit of Vice President (Jejomar) Binay to China at this time. We respect the Chinese law and the verdict of the Supreme People’s Court,” the DFA said in a statement.

“The Philippine side expressed its concern and the Chinese side stated its position. The verdict by the Chinese judicial authorities is final,” Chinese embassy Deputy Chief of Political Section and spokesperson Ethan Sun Yi said in a text message to The STAR.

Binay, however, remains optimistic that China has not totally closed its doors to his visit so he can personally hand over the appeal of President Aquino.

“As far as the judicial process is concerned, the decision is deemed final. But we are pursuing our appeal on humanitarian grounds, and the passionate plea of the family for compassion,” he said.

Malacañang is also confident that China will allow Binay to go to Beijing to personally appeal for the life of the Filipino convict.

“We are hoping that he (Binay) can leave and will be given a schedule (to meet with Chinese authorities in Beijing,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said yesterday over government-run radio dzRB.

Read full article @ www.philstar.com

[In the news] Rights groups, bloggers launch HR Online Philippines website – www.gmanetwork.com

Rights groups, bloggers launch HR Online Philippines website.

A group of human rights defenders and bloggers found each other and launched the Human Rights Online Philippines (HROnlinePH) website http://hronlineph.com in Quezon City on Dec. 2.

Its initiators said the website seeks to promote and protect human rights in the Philippines through Information Resources Online.

How HROnlinePH started?

Once editorial decision and content were finalized, the team, considered how best to interact with individual and group human rights advocates and to share online resources; and then the initial group began tackling possible organizational identity.

HROnlinePH team had lot of work to do before the http://hronlineph.com to be registered as site, and developing an editorial policy was first on the list.

Please take a look at the site and you will see entries written by personalities like Fr. Shay Cullen, mssc, of People’s Recovery, Empowerment Development Assistance Foundation (PREDA), Dr. Renato G. Mabunga of the Human Rights Defenders (HRD)-Pilipinas and Prof. Walden F. Bello.

Read full article @ www.gmanetwork.com

[In the news] Cojuangcos to seek ‘clarification’ on SC decision over Hacienda Luisita-www.interaksyon.com

Cojuangcos to seek ‘clarification’ on SC decision over Hacienda Luisita
by Philippine News Agency

MANILA – Owners of the disputed Hacienda Luisita sugar plantation in Tarlac province – primarily members of the Cojuangco clan to which President Benigno Aquino III belongs – will ask the Supreme Court next week to “clarify” its  unanimous decision compelling the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to redistribute the huge sugar estate to 6,296 qualified farm worker beneficiaries (FWBs).

Specifically, the hacienda owners want clarification on the date by which valuation for the land will be reckoned, Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) spokesperson Atty. Tony Ligon said at the sides of a forum at Annabel’s Restaurant in Quezon City. “We’ll also request clarification on the number of FWBs who’ll be covered by the land distribution,” he added.

The Supreme Court decision last November 22 affirmed Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Resolution No. 2005-32-01 dated December 22, 2005, and Resolution No. 2006-34-01 dated May 3, 2006, placing “lands subject of HLI’s stock distribution plan under compulsory coverage on mandated land acquisition scheme of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.”

Ligon dismissed criticism that the planned move is intended to delay the redistribution of the hacienda, the fight for which has lasted decades and at turns had turned bloody.

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