Battle over land
Posted by akosistella on March 26, 2010
By Sonny Coloma
By some uncanny coincidence, the main points of attack of the camps of two leading presidential candidates are converging on land issues. The NP-Villar camp, including its allies from the militant left, has launched successive blasts against LP standard-bearer, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on the Hacienda Luisita issue. In turn, accusations of land-grabbing, illegal land conversion, and use of power and influence in enhancing Senator Villar’s real property business have been leveled against the NP candidate.
The militant left is a leading participant in the NP-Villar camp’s attack. Recall that they opted to boycott the 1986 snap elections and were not part of Cory Aquino’s rainbow coalition that was swept by People Power into the country’s leadership. Even after President Aquino set free Jose Ma. Sison and other CPP-NPA leaders, the militant left remained critical of her administration.
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