Luisita farmers enraged at SC reso

News Philippines Jul 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm

“The SC decision lacks any sense of social justice.”

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com

MANILA — After waiting for more than six years, the farmworkers of Hacienda Luisita remain empty-handed.

In a resolution, the Supreme Court said that the Hacienda Luisita Incorporated (HLI) already complied with its order to distribute unspent funds from the P1.33-billion ($32.44 million) sale of its 580.51-hectare land to 6,296 farm worker-beneficiaries.

“There is no more unspent balance available for distribution,” the SC said. The high court’s three-member audit panel claimed that HLI’s legitimate corporate expenses from 1998 to 2011, including the taxes and expenses related to the sale, and the three-percent share already distributed to the beneficiaries “far exceed the proceeds of the sale” of the subject lot.

The resolution enraged the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala).

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