DAR gives away more land from Luisita
After eight weeks in office, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano made good on his promise to see to the land reform coverage of Hacienda Luisita, the vast sugar plantation owned by the Cojuangco family of former President Benigno Aquino III in Tarlac province.
The veteran peasant leader on Thursday signed an order to go ahead with the coverage and distribution of 358.22 hectares in Hacienda Luisita registered to the Cojuangcos’ Tarlac Development Corp. (Tadeco) that had been exempted from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) under the first Aquino administration.
The 358-hectare Tadeco land, located in Barangays Cutcut and Balete in Tarlac City, was not included in the 4,915 hectares of Hacienda Luisita that the Supreme Court ordered in 2011 distributed to the plantation’s thousands of tenants and workers.
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