Noynoy insists options explored on Hacienda Luisita
Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010
NAGA CITY , Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III yesterday denied allegations that his family would not give up Hacienda Luisita, and reiterated that “there are already options which are being explored.”
Aquino took exception to an article from The New York Times quoting Fernando Cojuangco, chief operating officer of the holding company that owns the plantation, that the extended Cojuangco family, owners of this plantation since 1958, had no intention of giving up the hacienda.
“If you read that article, it was unfortunate that it was written that way. I don’t think it is a fair treatment. As I told you there are already options which are being explored,” Aquino said.
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Villar allies slam Aquino over Hacienda Luisita
MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the Liberal Party standard-bearer, came under fire Tuesday after his cousin was quoted in The New York Times article published March 14 as saying that the Cojuangco family would not give up Hacienda Luisita.
The distribution of all agricultural lands to farmers—over 1 million hectares in the most productive areas of the country that had not been distributed under the agrarian reform program in the past two decades—is mandated under a new law extending the program for five years and appropriating P150 billion for its implementation.