Hacienda Luisita’s past haunts Noynoy’s future (A special report by GMANews.TV)
Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010
First of a series
Senator Noynoy Cojuangco Aquino has said he only owns 1% of Hacienda Luisita. Why is he being dragged into the hacienda’s issues?
This is one of the most common questions asked in the 2010 elections.
To find the answer, GMANews.TV traveled to Tarlac and spoke to Luisita’s farm workers and union leaders. A separate interview and review of court documents was then conducted with the lawyers representing the workers’ union in court. GMANews.TV also examined the Cojuangcos’ court defense and past media and legislative records on the Luisita issue.
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Cory’s land reform legacy to test Noynoy’s political will
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“Hindi ka nag-iisa (You are not alone),” sing the ghosts of Luisita to Senator Noynoy Aquino. They won’t even leave his music video alone.
A little-known fact about the Hacienda Luisita controversy is the haunting resemblance of Senator Aquino’s “Hindi Ka Nag-Iisa” music video to a real-life, torch-lit march of Luisita’s workers amid the sugarcane fields at night days before the November 16, 2004 massacre.
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How a workers’ strike became the Luisita Massacre
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“It is an illegal strike, no strike vote was called,” then-Tarlac Congressman Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said in a speech at the House of Representatives to defend the dispersal of strikers at his family’s plantation, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on November 17, 2004.
The day before, the dispersal at Hacienda Luisita left at least seven people dead and 121 injured, 32 from gunshot wounds. In his speech, Aquino condemned the violence but defended the dispersal, saying the police and soldiers were “subjected to sniper fire coming from an adjacent barangay.”
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After Luisita massacre, more killings linked to protest
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The massacre did not put an end to the workers’ protest. Nor did it put an end to the violence.
After the wake for the victims, the picket lines were reestablished at various points around the hacienda. Soon after, however, eight people who supported the farmers’ cause or had evidence supporting their case were murdered one by one.
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Win or lose, Noynoy has to face Luisita deadlock
Last of a five-part series
“To Tita Cory, from your number one fan, Gloria.”
This dedication accompanied a yellow and white cake sent by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to former President Cory Aquino for the latter’s 71st birthday on January 25, 2004, an article on the front page of the Philippine Star reported the next day. The three-tiered cake, the report said, had a photograph of Aquino and Arroyo perched on top, with the image of Ninoy Aquino in the background.
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