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Sugar cane farmers, mostly from the vast plantation owned by the family of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, at a protest in Quezon last year. Pic: AP.

Filipino land reform still tardy in Tarlac

By Thu, Feb 27, 2014 11:57AM UTC 1 Comment Sugar cane farmers, mostly from the vast plantation owned by the family of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, at a protest in Quezon last year. Pic: AP.

Despite a 2012 Philippine Supreme Court order requiring the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III to redistribute its vast Hacienda Luisita sugar plantation to poor farmers, critics say the pace of divestiture is slow and that redistribution targets are not being met....

Philippines: Is Hacienda Luisita no more?

By Wed, Apr 25, 2012 9:22AM UTC Comments Off President Corazon Aquino, right, discusses some points with Agrarian Reform Secretary Philip Juico, left, pictured in January 1988 before signing an agreement placing her family-owned 6,000 hectare (15,067-acre) Hacienda Luisita sugar plantation under land reform. Pic: AP.

One of the vestiges of the country’s feudal past is finally coming to an end.  Or is it really? On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled with finality to award the vast tracts of land owned by the Cojuangco side of the family of President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aqujino III to their tenants and farm workers, more...

Philippines: Court gives land held by Aquino’s family to farmers

By Thu, Nov 24, 2011 2:35AM UTC 4 Comments Philippines: Court gives land held by Aquino’s family to farmers

The Philippines Supreme Court has issued a unanimous decision, expected to reverberate across the feudal Philippine countryside, which effectively hands over ownership of the bulk of the Hacienda Luisita to its farmers and farm workers. ABS-CBN reports: Saying farmer-beneficiaries will not benefit from distribution of shares of stock, the Supreme Court has ordered the distribution...

Philippines: Aquino’s family loses control of Hacienda Luisita

By Tue, Nov 22, 2011 1:51PM UTC Comments Off Philippines: Aquino’s family loses control of Hacienda Luisita

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has reported that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Hacienda Luisita, owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III, be distributed to farmers. According to the Inquirer: A senior court official said at least eight magistrates voted to grant the motion for reconsideration of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council...

Philippines: Farmers condemn High Court ruling on President’s landholdings

By Tue, Jul 05, 2011 4:02PM UTC Comments Off The Philippines' high court arguably favors the Aquino family in its decision on Luisita, says farmers. (Photo from Bulatlat.com)

The Supreme Court has announced its decision today on the case involving big landholdings owned by President Benigno Aquino III’s family, which farmers have swiftly dubbed as “cowardly” and “a betrayal”. ABS-CBN reports that the court “revoked the Stock Distribution Plan (SDP) in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac and ordered the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to...