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According to Inquirer, a formal petition was formally presented to Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano by Renato Mendoza, Ambala chair.
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) promise to the farmers that the land disputes in Hacienda Luisita will be resolved in 30 days.
Mariano said, “Ganito po. Ang ating pong policy, na ating bibigkasin muli: ‘Walang magsasaka na mapapatalsik sa kanilang lupang binubungkal,’”.
“Ibig sabihin kahit may mga magsasaka tayo, manggagawang bukid, manggagawang agrikultural na kumakaharap ng napakaraming gawa-gawang kaso o maraming mga naka-pending na kaso, petitions, saan mang antas ng DAR dapat status quo.”
On July 1, DAR discharged a status quo order upon hearing the incident of the destruction of crops in Barangay Mapalacsiao, which covered about 20 hectares of mostly planted monggo (mung beans) and and other sustenance crops.
“Sabi natin sa Hacienda Luisita, within 30 days, mayroon tayong magiging aksyon,” the secretary said.
Mariano promised that the pending cases in Hacienda Luisita will be prioritized.
“Ang amin pong usapan, inaatasan ko ang ating undersecretary for legal affairs at ‘yung incoming undersecretary for operations at yung Bala (Bureau of Agrarian Legal Assistance) director na pumunta sa Tarlac at doon ay aming pag-uusapan agad-agaran ano ang kinakailangang operational solution sa hinaharap ninyo (farmworkers), lalo na ‘yung tambiolo,” Mariano said.
On the next Cabinet meeting, Mariano is set to address the concerns of the Luisita farmers and meet with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana regarding the removal of all military troops deployed in the hacienda.
After 12 years of exclusivity, Mariano, who was the previous head of Kilusan ng mga Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (KMP) opened the gates of the Agrarian Reform Office to the public.