Duterte dared to take on landlords
Agrarian reform advocates under Task Force Mapalad (TFM) challenged incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to implement an “honest-to-goodness” agrarian reform program starting with landlords in the Negros province.
BusinessMirror reported that TFM is holding on to Duterte’s campaign promise to study the problems besetting the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Duterte has said the CARP was a failure because the land distributed to the farmers just went back to the control of the landlords.
Duterte said he could be open to an extended land reform but would have to study the matter very carefully.
TFM, citing data from the Department of Agrarian Reform, said 700,000 hectares of agricultural landholdings have not yet been distributed to agrarian-reform beneficiaries.
Further distribution of CARP lands has been blocked by landlord clans and their allies, especially from the Visayan bloc.