THE KIDS OF HACIENDA LUISITA : A Short DocuFilm
Director: Bjorn Bedayo
DOP: Bjorn Bedayo and Monica Mariano
Editing: Kevin Garcia
Graphics: Kevin Garcia
Production Crew: Shyrelle Cabajar, Jan Dizon, Valerie Jiongco, Sephie Rojas
Music: Linda Linda
Music does not belong to me, copyright belongs to the said artist.
April 1, 2012
Photo by cnfsdkid
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Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona
- ”Genuine Agrarian Reform means Giving Lands”
“History will be the unforgiving judge of this Court. We cannot correct a historical anomaly and prevent the eruption of a social volcano by fancy legal arguments and impressively crafted devices for corporate control,”
LAND TO THE TILLER.
Forget the cynical subterfuge of the stock plan; it isn’t worthy of the heroes in the family.
Our action here today is not simply about Hacienda Luisita or a particular stock distribution plan. Our recognition of the right under the Constitution of those who till the land to steward it is the Court’s marching order to dismantle the feudal tenurial relations that for centuries have shackled them to the soil in exchange for a pitiful share in the fruits, and install them as the direct or collective masters of the domain of their labor. It is not legal, nor moral, to replace their shackles with mere stock certificates or any other superficial alternative.
When news broke that the Supreme Court had decided to break up Hacienda Luisita and distribute the sprawling sugar plantation to farmers, 80-year-old Virginia Paligutan wept.
She shed tears of joy because hacienda workers, who had been caught in the vortex of a decades-long period of peasant unrest over a feudal land ownership system, would finally get a piece of the vast estate straddling Tarlac City and the towns of Concepcion and La Paz.
Virginia recalled that one of her sons, Valentino, who was retrenched from the hacienda after it encountered worker protests over a stock distribution arrangement in lieu of land distribution under the 1988 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), had gone to the hills and joined the New People’s Army.
Valentino, then 52, died of a gunshot wound in an encounter with government troops in 2005.
“My child, we have won,” she remembered saying on hearing the Supreme Court ruling.