Propaganda article from the English edition of Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 21): Groups push dismantle-hacienda movement
PEASANT ORGANIZATIONS and their supporters launched coordinated mass actions across the country on June 9-14 to call for the dismantling of haciendas.
Peasants in the towns of Toboso and Manapla in Negros Occidental staged simultaneous march-rallies on June 14 to expose the situation of sugar workers, especially with the approaching Tiempo Muerto or non-milling season in the hacienda. Led by the National Federation of Sugar Workers, Amihan and Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), the pro-test actions also condemned the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Prior to this, the UMA launched a multisectoral caravan on June 9 from Manila to Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac to support the farmers bungkalan in the area. The next day, they linked arms to form a human chain against militarization and to prevent the hacienda’s guards from approaching the bungkalan.
Likewise, on June 9, the KMP carried out a march-rally in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur against martial law and land monopoly and called for agrarian reform.
That same day, 200 peasants led by the ECJ Farmers and Farmworkers Alliance in Negros (EFFWAN) started their campout in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) office in Bacolod City.
They called for the cancellation of the corporative scheme and joint venture agreements with Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. These agreements with Cojuangco tied down 5,030 hectares in 11 haciendas which should have been distributed to the tenants.
In the morning of June 8, peasants from towns near the Kapdula Land gathered in time for the DAR Cavite’s and Region 4A’s inspection of Kapdula Land. Farmers from E.M. Ramos Lands and Aguinaldo Lands came to air their problems to the DAR.
On the other hand, fisherfolk from Navotas led by Pamalakaya held a protest action on June 7, World Environment Day. The fisher folk of the coastal community in Barangay Tangos, Navotas City opposed the ongoing construction of the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP), a 650-hectare reclamation project which will evict more than 20,000 fishers and urban settlers and destroy the marine life. The government has targeted more than 40,000 hectares of sea and lake shores for reclamation in the whole Philippines, 2/3 of which are in Manila Bay.
[Ang Bayan is the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Ang Bayan is published in Pilipino, Bisaya, Hiligaynon, Waray and English. Download Ang Bayan from the Philippine Revolution Web Central at www.philippinerevolution.info. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines.]