Sham Principles, Sham Student Leaders: ANAKBAYAN UPD on ALYANSA’s Anti-Farmer Stance

“ALYANSA for Distribution of Hacienda Luisita Lands, CARPER implementation.”

 Statement lifted from STAND UP Facebook account

This shocking and contradictory statement about the recent Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita came from a distributed newsletter by UP Alyansa. In a credit-seeking manner, the party claims to side with the Luisita farmers while at the same time, calls for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms (CARPER).

May we remind these pseudo-progressives, that the CARPER itself enabled the SC to decide in favor of a sham referendum. The fabled stock distribution option (SDO) in Chapter 1 Section 3.a of the former CARP Law was maintained in the CARPER version.

“SECTION 3. Definitions. – For the purpose of this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise:

(a) Agrarian Reform means the redistribution of lands…. such as production or profit-sharing, labor administration, and the distribution of shares of stock …”

That being said, it is contradictory to support the implementation of CARPER and side with the Luisita Farmers. The CARPER also strengthened the landlords’ powers. Before distributing the lands, CARPER requires a sworn statement from the landlord that says that the beneficiaries are indeed tenants on his/her land. This effectively gives the landlord powers to decide who the beneficiaries are or if ever s/he’s going to put any beneficiaries at all! CARPER, therefore, will worsen farmer landlessness!

Sec. 22 of CARPER also maintained the legitimization of Land Use Conversion used by landlords to escape from actual distribution of lands to beneficiaries. More farmlands will be converted to subdivisions, golf courses, malls etc, instead of being given to the beneficiaries.

Not to mention that the decades old of implementation yielded no real agrarian reform in the countryside. Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) states that 7 out of 10 farmers do not own the land they till today, telling us the real situation of land distribution under the CARP and CARPER: land is still in the hand of the landlords and peasants still work without tasting the real fruits of their labor.

Free riding on issues without critical analysis should be shunned, at the same time; the politics of credit-seeking without concrete and effective action should be exposed and neutralized. To make the long story short, we challenge these sham student leaders to stop exercising Traditional Politics (TRAPO) and serve the students and the Filipino people genuinely without expecting rewards.

It is in this light that ANAKBAYAN UP Diliman condemns this apparent deception of the Iskolars ng Bayan. We challenge Alyansa to retract their support of the CARPER if they are to truly side with the Hacienda Luisita farmworkers.





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