LEGAZPI CITY – The militant Kilusang Mayo Uno-Bikol together with other workers and militant leaders is due to arrive at Hacienda Luisita today for the Workers’ Solidarity Mission: Hacienda Luisita. More than 100 workers are joined the mission to show their support to the farmers, farm workers and workers in the 6,453 hectare estate.
According to Leo Caballero, regional coordinator of KMU-Bikol and concurrent spokesperson of Derechos Obrero, “We are supporting the struggle of the farm workers for the return of their land because it is what’s right. Even if we ourselves are being harassed by the current administration with trumped up charges, we will continue to express our solidarity. It is us from the toiling masses that have to stick with each other and help one another to improve our lives and livelihood,”
“The Cojuangco-Aquino clan has indeed tried to once again deceive and force the farm workers to surrender their right to the land but it is good that majority of the farm workers still stood up and are fighting for their rights. It is just like in Bicol where farmers and farm workers are being harassed and evicted from the land by big landlords, in fact 2 out of 3 farmers are landless in the region and it is bound to increase due to massive land use conversion to so-called eco-tourism,” added the militant leader.
“It is very sad that under the Cojuangco-Aquinos the farm workers and farmers in the estate were mired in poverty. It even came to a point that a farm workers and his whole family just get P9.50 for the whole week. How can a family survive with this type of modern day slavery? We hope that the Supreme Court will finally rule for the scrapping of the “stock distribution option” (SDO) which was used by the Cojuangco-Aquinos to take the land from the farm workers because if not then a massive peasant unrest is not far from happening,” ended Caballero.