Farmers ask SC to lift TRO, let gov’t distribute Luisita land
Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010
Farmers groups on Friday formally asked the Supreme Court to lift the almost four-year-old temporary restraining order it issued that prevented the government from distributing the 6,000-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, owned by the family of presidential aspirant Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
In a letter of appeal to Chief Justice Reynato Puno, the United Luisita Workers’ Union (ULWU), the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA), the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), and the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid ng Gitang Luzon (AMGL) asked the high court to lift the TRO it issued in June 2006 upon the petition of the Cojuangco family.
“We appeal to our justices' sense of truth, justice, and accountability and their preferential bias for the landless, the exploited, and the oppressed,” the farmers said in their letter. “