The Alliance of Progressive Labor strongly condemns the brutal dispersal by the military and police of the workers holding a strike in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, which reportedly killed seven people including two
The APL deplores this barbaric act and overkill on the part of the Cojuangcos for employing three military battalions and the local police to muzzle the legitimate grievances of the workers. The military has no right whatsoever to intervene in labor disputes and what happened shows how the Armed Forces of the Philippines is being utilized by the elites to satisfy their greed and hold on to power.
We denounce the statement by Rep. Noynoy Aquino that the Aquino family “just wants to uphold the law.” It is the most dreadful and horrendous form of upholding the law where even children were not spared by the military that came in full force with armored personnel carriers.
The incident manifests how the laws of the land are used and circumvented to favor the interest of the few rich and powerful. Ironically, it was during the presidency of Corazon Aquino, Noynoy’s mother, when Congress enacted the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program,
which supposedly provided the farmers and agriculture workers tenurial rights, including those from the Hacienda Luisita. Up to now, we are utterly disappointed on how the Aquino-Cojuangcos have continuously avoided fulfilling the constitutionally mandated law.
The APL also holds the Arroyo government responsible for this brazen act of terror on the people working and living in the Hacienda for allowing the AFP to intervene in a labor dispute. We demand the immediate withdrawal of all military contingents within the strike area to avoid further skirmishes and loss of lives.
We demand Congress to immediately act and investigate the incident and ensure that such incident will never happen again.
The Alliance of Progressive Labor vows to support the Hacienda Luisita workers in their struggle and until justice is rightfully serve to them and their families in the Hacienda.