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Hacienda Looc peasants hit Malacañang order

Press Release
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas KMP
Peasant Movement of the Philippines
17 August 2000

In a presscon held in Quezon City, the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today said that the Estrada government have once again exposed his blatant anti-peasant, pro-landlord and realty corporation stamd by rendering a decision favoring Fil-Estate Realty Corporation in the controversial Hacienda Looc case.

The Office of the President rendered its decision on the controversial 8,650 hectare agricultural land located at Nasugbu, Batangas last July 5, 2000 signed by Executive Secretary Ronaldo Zamora. The decision affirmed the Department of Agrarian Reform's approval granting Fil-Estate's Harbortown project to convert Hacienda Looc into a world class tourism area but will dislocate about 10,000 farmers from their farmlands.

KMP chair Rafael Mariano said the Estrada government is filled with real estate personalities like Press Undersecretary Mike Toledo who is a former Senior vice-president of Fil-Estate and in in-charge of the marketing strategy of Fil-Estate. "The reality that Estrada's government is dominated by realty brokers speaks that there is a hocus focus in Malacanang's decision," Mariano said.

Mariano also said the Estrada government unabashedly showed its real anti-poor face and does not hesitate to show his intension not to implement agrarian reform and turned its head on increasing military operations in the countryside. "This latest decision of Malacanang clearly shows that Estrada's government is run by corporate power like the Fil-Estate. As a consequence, we are also convinced that militarization will intensify to wreak terror in Hacienda Looc," Mariano added.

Guillermo Bautista, chair of the Ugnayan ng Mamamayan Laban sa Pamamaslang ng Kalupaan ng Hacienda Looc (Umalpas Ka) said that they will continue to fight for their rights. "Whatever roadblock Fil-Estate and the Estrada government wanted to install we will continue to fight for the achievement of genuine land reform in Hacienda Looc," Bautista said.

Hacienda Looc is one of the cases to be visited by an International Fact Finding Mission (IFFM) headed by La Via Campesina, an international movement of small and middle peasants in more than 63 countries, and Foodfirst Informations and Actions Network (FIAN) an interational organization working for the right to feed oneself. The IFFM will be conducted in the Philippines from August 18-25 this year. It is a part of La Via Campesina and FIAN International's Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform.

Bautista also called on the IFFM delegates to support the struggle of the people of Hacienda Looc. "We have no other choice but to bring this to the attention of the people, especially before our fellow farmers and sympathisers both in the national and the international community to support our struggle because it is our children's lives that is now in serious danger," said Bautista.

 

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