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DAR chief backs return to peace talks with NPA

MANILA — Leftist Cabinet member Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano reiterated his support for the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDFP), as the erstwhile stalled talks was put… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 110

DAR chief: 727-hectare Hacienda Luisita property covered by…

MANILA, Philippines –Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Marianoon Friday, February 24, issued an order that will place a 727-hectare property of Hacienda Luisita, Incorporated (HLI) in Tarlac under the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program… Read More..
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Feb 28, 2017 76

More land for CARP found in Luisita

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has expanded the coverage of agrarian reform in an estate owned by former President Aquino’s family in Tarlac province, marking 384 hectares of idle land in the area for distribution to farmers. Read More..
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Feb 23, 2017 62

DAR chief wants land conflicts resolved following slaying…

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered all regional offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to settle high-profile land cases in their areas, following the killing of another farmer-activist last week. The latest incident in Cotabato… Read More..

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DAR probes killings of 5 farmers in Ecija, Isabela

inquirerCITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has formed legal teams to investigate last week’s killings of five farmers in the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Isabela to determine if these attacks were triggered by land disputes. On Sept. 3, armed men opened fire at a group of farmers, killing Emerencia dela Rosa, Violeta Mercado, Eligio Barbado and Gaudencio Bagalay in Barangay San Isidro in Nueva Ecija’s Laur town. The farmers were resting at 2 p.m. after building huts on agrarian land that had been segregated from the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation.

On Sept. 7, three men killed Ariel Diaz, head of the Danggayan Dagiti Manalon (Dagami), at his farm in Villa Pereda in Delfin Albano town in Isabela.

Dagami is an affiliate of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, which Mariano used to chair before President Duterte appointed him to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Mariano said the fact-finding teams are led by Undersecretary Luis Meinrado Pangulayan and Assistant Secretary Elmer Distor, both from the legal affairs office of the DAR.

The teams also consist of the DAR regional directors, provincial agrarian reform officer and their legal division chiefs, as well as a representative of an organization of farmers.

Mariano committed to help bring justice to the slain farmers.

This was not the first attack in Laur. On July 9, 2010, Pascual Guevarra, the leader of a farmers’ group in San Isidro village, was shot dead.

Maj. Gen. Angelito de Leon, commander of the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Magsaysay, said the farmers were on portions of a 3,100-hectare lot which was turned over to DAR through Executive Order No. 448 issued by the late President Corazon Aquino. She ordered the lands apportioned to landless farmers and tillers displaced by Mt. Pinatubo’s 1991 eruptions.Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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