Manila – Over 100 complaints were filed against the presidential sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz; uncle of the president, Peping Cojuangco; and several others on the Department of Justice (DOJ) for alleged atrocities within the sugar estate on the Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita.
Also facing criminal complaints are board members of the Tarlac Development Corp. (Tadeco), former Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Virgie Torres, Tarlac PNP Provincial Director Alex Sintin, and former Tarlac City PNP chief Bayani Razalan.
Attempted murder, arson, child abuse, physical injuries, illegal arrest and arbitrary detention, theft, robbery, and malicious mischief were charged against the relatives of the President.
Moreover, Ambala said the respondents were responsible for bulldozing of crops, demolition of huts, mauling, and illegal arrests in the controversial sugar plantation.
“The public must be made aware that the worst atrocities are being committed by no less than the presidential family against hapless farmers despite — or as cruel retribution for — the Supreme Court ruling for total land distribution in Hacienda Luisita. They must be made to answer for those atrocities,” said Atty. Jobert Pahilga, complainants’ counsel.
Ambala represents farmers from four out of 10 barangays covered by the 4,915-hectare Cojuangco estate.
According to Anakbayan chairperson Vencer Crisostomo, Aquino still hasn’t explained the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds used to finance the overpriced compensation of his kin for Hacienda Luisita lands. Also, billions of DAP funds were allotted to Tarlac for ‘road construction and repairs.
Crisostomo said the government already gave out P 471.5 million to the Cojuangco’s even though they haven’t distributed the lands to thousands of farmers.
Meanwhile, series of mass actions against the Cojuangco’s for land reforms will be conducted on the 10thanniversary of the “Hacienda Luisita massacre” this November 16.
SHERYMAE P. SESO
OJT / LNU ABCOM