Students condemn gunshots fired at Hacienda Luisita farmers


“In the strongest possible terms, the League of Filipino Students (LFS) vehemently condemns the intensified attacks on Hacienda Luisita farmers. For more than a week, farm workers are experiencing a series of harassment that led to gun shots fired last Sunday night, December 4.”

This is the statement of League of Filipino Students (LFS) National Spokesperson JP Rosos on Monday morning after the news that dozens of drunken armed men fired gun shots on members of Alyansa ng ng Manggagawang Bukid ng Hacienda Luisita (AMBALA) forcing the latter to evacuate from their huts in Sitio Silangan, Brgy Mapalacsiao in Tarlac City.

According to reports form Ugnayan ng Manggagawa sa Agricultura (UMA), some 100 members are now occupying the area covered by the farm workers’ cultivation area (bungkalan). Before the eviction and armed attack last night, the cultivation area and members of AMBALA were attacked by bolo-wielding thugs sent by Cojuangco-Aquino’s lapdog Brgy Capt Edison Diaz.

“This is unacceptable! The Cojuangco-Aquino is imposing a vicious martial rule in Hacienda Luisita. They ruthlessly persecute the farm workers who are only asserting the use of the lands they rightfully own. This series of attacks must be quickly put into an end,” said Rosos.

“Since time immemorial, the farmers have been seeking for the distribution and cultivation of the lands they rightfully own. Even after several engagements with the previous regimes, the Cojuangco-Aquinos have remained rabid in attacking the farmers’ rights to till. The farmers continue to experience military pursuit while living under poverty-stricken and ravenous conditions,” Rosos added.

According to the youth leader, the dire situation of Hacienda Luisita farmers illustrate the conditions of the majority of the Filipino people. Rosos pointed out that the Cojuangco-Aquinos are prime examples of landlord class, a minority of the populace, that exploits the majority of the Filipinos, the farmers. He added that that the past incidents in Hacienda Luisita shows the everyday plight of the big part of our population – a struggle against feudal and fascist rule in the countryside.

“This is a wake up call to everyone. The crisis in Hacienda Luisita that is happening today is a reflection of a social system that is ruled by the few landlords and big businessmen. This semi-colonial, semi-feudal system seeks to exploit and oppress the people in the name of serving the interests of the few ruling elite. This is the system that perpetuates every kind of injustices to the Filipino people,” said Rosos.

Rosos called on the youth and the Filipino people to unite and stand with the farmers of Hacienda Luisita. According to him, the Luisita farmer’s struggle for land is a national struggle against the feudal power that maintains the exploitative system of Philippine society.

“The futures of our nation – the students – firmly stand in solidarity with our farmers, from Hacienda Luisita to every corner of the country side. We join the call for the distribution of lands to the farm workers of the hacienda as well as in other parts of the country. We stand against the system that breeds feudal and semi-feudal relations and use fascism to maintain such unjust order,” Rosos ended. ###