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TheStandard
February 09, 2017 55

Unite vs oligarchs, farmers exhorted

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano urged farmers of the Hacienda Luisita Inc. under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program to unite against the landlord oligarchy of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. Read More..
TheStandard
Feb 01, 2017 47

Mariano probes farmer’s shooting in Negros

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano ordered on Tuesday an investigation and fast resolution of a land dispute in Negros Occidental, the bastion of vast tracts of haciendas. Read More..
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Jan 17, 2017 94

DAR to run after those guilty of illegal and unlawful…

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 12 — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano approved and supported the proposal of Undersecretary for Legal Operations Office Luis Meinrado Pangulayan’s to file cases and prosecute those found guilty… Read More..
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Jan 12, 2017 84

“Let us uphold farmers’ rights and welfare”—Sec. Ka Paeng

BANILAD, CEBU CITY, Jan. 11—Agrarian Secretary Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano stated this at the ongoing conference for its third level officials to craft the department’s strategic plans and directions for 2017 to 2022. Read More..

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More Aquino clan land distributed to landless farmers

thegulftodayMANILA: Close to 360 hectares of land in the vast sugar estate owned by the clan of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino have been ordered for distribution to landless farmers under the government’s agrarian reform programme.

Secretary Rafael Mariano of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said he ordered the distribution to legitimate farmer-beneficiaries of the land that belonged to the vast sugar plantation known as Hacienda Luisita owned by the powerful and influential Cojuangco clan that covers Tarlac and three other neighbouring provinces in Central Luzon.

The late global democracy icon president Corazon “Tita (Auntie) Cory” Aquino, the mother of Noynoy Aquino who also served as president for six years from June 2010 to June 2016 belonged to the clan.

In a press conference, Mariano disclosed the additional 360 hectares of land were not included in the 4,915-hectares of Hacienda Luisita that the Supreme Court had ordered in 2011 for distribution to the thousands of workers and tenants of the plantation under the land reform programme.

Mariano, a militant leader of a big farmers’ group as well as a former party-list congressman, issued the order eight weeks after President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte named him as the DAR secretary.

“All the powers available to the DAR will be used under my term...to protect the rights of farmers.

We will make sure no farmer will be displaced from his land,” Mariano emphasised.

The DAR reported 97 per cent of the 4,915 hectares at the plantation had already been distributed to more than 6,000 beneficiaries, with the remaining 78 hectares to be distributed soon to 111 more beneficiaries.

According to the DAR law department, the 560 hectares had been declared an agricultural land since 1988, contrary to the claim of the Cojuangcos through their holding company Tarlac Development Corporation.

Joseph Canlas, the head of the “Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP or Farmers’ Movement of the Philippines), welcomed Mariano’s saying: “This would serve as an added weapon for farmers against the Cojuangco family’s continuing scheme to evade land distribution.”

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