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Lapanday mocks Duterte’s call for change

news reg 1 pix 1 may 22 2017The criminal and administrative complaints filed by Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC) before the Ombudsman illustrate how landlord-oligarchs use courts to thwart the implementation of genuine agrarian reform, according to agrarian reform chief Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano.

“The suit is a move by LFC to harass officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) who are merely implementing the agrarian reform law and ensuring that the farmer-beneficiaries are in possession of the lands that are legally theirs,” Mariano said.

Attorney Noel Oliver Punzalan, a member of the LFC counsel, sought the preventive suspension of Mariano and Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Luis Meinrado Pañgulayan “due to the seriousness and depravity of the acts they committed.”

This comes after the successful reinstallation of 159 members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. (MARBAI) to the 145-hectare banana plantation in Tagum City last May 18.

“Lapanday’s contract is not binding to MARBAI as it was executed with HEARBCO-1 (Hijo Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative 1) who already ceded the disputed portion of the banana plantation to MARBAI farmers,” Mariano explained.

DAR served the writ of installation after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered Mariano to proceed with the installation during his visit at the MARBAI farmers’ protest camp in Mendiola Last May 9.

“President Duterte has time and time again warned against the ‘use of courts’ to block the mandate of land reform, which is to distribute land to agrarian reform beneficiaries. We are just following the president’s directives,” Mariano said.

Reports received by DAR on May 20 show that armed security guards of LFC have positioned near the MARBAI farmers' campout with military amphibian vehicles stationed within the 70-meter radius. The farmer-beneficiaries have expressed alarm over their security with fears of being ejected again from their government-awarded lands.

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Mariano successfully installs Davao farmers

news reg 1 pix 1 may 18 2017 640x427 3Tagum, DAVAO DEL NORTE (May 18, 2017)--Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano successfully installed this morning the 159 banana farmers belonging to the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Inc. (Marbai) who were forcibly evicted by the Lapanday Food Corp. (LFC).

Mariano immediately acted on installing the farmers one week after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the DAR to proceed with the reinstallation of farmer-beneficiaries to the 145-hectare banana plantation controlled by agribusiness firm LFC during his visit at the farmers’ campout in Mendiola on May 9.

“I am thankful that the installation of the farmers were executed orderly and peacefully. With concentrated force and cooperation and team work from the DAR, the farmers, our supporters and the assistance of the PNP, the farmers, from now on, have physical control of their land,” Mariano said.news reg 1 pix 2 may 18 2017 640x427 

Early this morning, Mariano and his team, composed of his Undersecretaries, the DAR Regional Director, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officers were at the gates of the LFC awaiting for the DAR Sheriff’s signal to safely enter the gates with the farmers.

A few hours prior to executing the writ of installation, three teams of the DAR Sheriff, assisted by 50 Phil. National Police (PNP), conducted a clearing operation of the San Isidro farm area (Sanid) inside LFC. Mariano said the clearing operation is necessary to effectively implement the installation of the farmers.

“This is for the safety of the farmers who will enter the gates of the LFC for their installation. The Sheriff and the PNP will get rid of any obstructions like booby traps that may be present inside Sanid. In the event that any untoward incident may happen, the Sheriff’s teams and the PNP will be there to stop the violence” Mariano explained. 

news reg 1 pix 3 may 18 2017 640x428 2Mariano said he fear for the safety of the farmers. “Although they are now installed in their farm lots, they are still in danger,” said Mariano. To address this, Mariano said the PNP will provide a 24-hour security after the installation for 2 days.

Mariano said he requested the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to extend the 2-day security and provide 24-hour, round-the-clock security to all ARBs and their families for 60 days. 

Mariano earlier had attempted to install the 159 farmer-beneficiaries, twice, on April 18 and 21, but was opposed by LFC owners with the help of their armed goons.news reg 1 pix 4 may 18 2017 640x428 

Photo 1: The DAR Sheriff (in blue cap) opening the gates of Lapanday Food Corp. after the clearing operation.

Photo 2: Secretary Rafael Mariano (in blue cap & shirt) walks alongside farmers after the gate of LFC were opened by the DAR Sheriff.

Photo 3: Secretary Mariano installing the 159 Marbai agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) inside the LFC banana farms.

Photo 4: Secretary Mariano with the installed Marbai ARBs.

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DAR chief to install Davao farmers tomorrow

news reg 1 pix 1 may 17 2017Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is determined to install tomorrow the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Inc. (Marbai) who were forcibly evicted by the Lapanday Food Corp. (LFC) in Tagum, Davao del Norte in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order.

Mariano made the move after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to proceed with the reinstallation of farmer-beneficiaries to the 145-hectare banana plantation controlled by agribusiness firm Lapanday Foods Corp during his visit at the farmers’ campout in Mendiola on May 9.

For his trip tomorrow, Mariano requested the office of the President to issue a directive to government agencies namely the departments of justice, public attorneys’ office, human rights, anti-poverty commission, social welfare, agriculture, the interior local government, the governor of Davao del Norte and the protection of the Phil. National Police (PNP) to assist the DAR in the implementation/execution of the Writ of Installation.

Mariano earlier attempted to install the 159 farmer-beneficiaries, twice, on April 18 and 21, but was opposed by LFC owners with the help of their armed goons and the failure of the Region XI local police to come up with operational plan to execute the writ the of installation. 


“I will be in Tagum tomorrow, May 18 to fight for the ARBs’ rights to be on their awarded land. I will personally join them with the support of representatives from various government agencies to install the farmers to the land that is rightfully theirs,” Mariano said. 


Taking cue from Pres. Duterte’s pronouncement (during a dialogue with 200 displaced Mindanao farmers at the Mendiola Peace Arch), Mariano said “I will not be deterred by the RTC order. It is actually the LFC who defied our cease and desist order so they could eject the Marbai farmers.” 


“Only the Supreme Court can overrule the writ of installation I have issued. Until then, I will not stop until the farmers reclaim actual physical possession and control of the land that is legally theirs,” Mariano said. 


Cease and desist order (CDO) is based on the quasi-judicial powers of the DAR secretary. Any person who ignores or violates the CDO is guilty of contempt. 

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DAR to PNP: Comply with the President's order

news reg 1 pix 1 may 16 2017Acting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano reminded the Davao del Norte Police office to assist in the installation of the members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. (MARBAI) in the 145-hectare San Isidro (Sanid) Farm in Tagum, Davao del Norte.

Duterte specifically gave the go-ahead to Mariano to proceed with the installation in MARBAI farmers in the disputed area during a farmers’ campout in Mendiola last May 9. 

The President said in vernacular that, “the government promises to grant you the lands you deserve. These lands are yours.” 

Duterte has been vocal in his support for genuine agrarian reform and the leadership of Mariano in DAR.  

On April 18, Mariano requested the assistance from the local police in Tagum to assist in the installation. 

"The Provincial Director of Davao del Norte Police Office is deputized to assist DAR in the enforcement and implementation of the writ of installation,” Mariano said.

However, the installation was halted following the lack of the local PNP’s operational plan and the move of PRO 11 Police Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan to seek clarification from the Regional Trial Court Branch 14 on whether or not the police will assist with DAR’s writ of installation.

Mariano stressed that the lower court has no jurisdiction over the matter because it is DAR who has quasi-judicial powers over agrarian reform concerns.

Citing Section 50 of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law or Republic Act 6657, Mariano said “DAR clearly has quasi-judicial power and exclusive jurisdiction in all issues involving the implementation of the agrarian reform program. Only the Supreme Court may issue a temporary restraining order to stop the implementation of DAR’s decision.”

He added that, “agrarian reform must be supported and defended by the people including the police. This the first step in achieving peace and food security.” 

DAR had earlier issued a writ of installation allowing members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc. (MARBAI) to claim lands awarded to them in the 145-hectare San Isidro (SANID) farm area.

Mariano said the area claimed by the members of MARBAI is an awarded land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). 

The San Isidro Farm is inside the lands operated by the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC).

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Region XI News

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Lapanday mocks Duterte’s call for change

The criminal and administrative complaints filed by Lapanday Foods Corp. (LFC) before the Ombudsman illustrate how landlord-oligarchs use courts to thwart the implementation of genuine agrarian reform, according to agrarian reform chief Rafael “Ka Paeng”… Read More..
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Mariano successfully installs Davao farmers

Tagum, DAVAO DEL NORTE (May 18, 2017)--Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano successfully installed this morning the 159 banana farmers belonging to the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Inc. (Marbai) who were forcibly evicted by the… Read More..
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DAR chief to install Davao farmers tomorrow

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is determined to install tomorrow the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Inc. (Marbai) who were forcibly evicted by the Lapanday Food Corp. (LFC) in Tagum, Davao del Norte… Read More..
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DAR to PNP: Comply with the President's order

Acting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano reminded the Davao del Norte Police office to assist in the installation of the members of the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc.… Read More..

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