Manila, Philippines — Chief Justice Renato Corona has issued an order to review the long-standing labor dispute over the Hacienda Luisita Estate of the family of President-elect Benigno Aquino III in Tarlac.
Recalling from previous news, Aquino does not recognize Corona’s appointment.
The reason behind such order according to Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez was that there had been a letter from the farmers in Hacienda Luisita requesting for Corona to act on the case and review the four-year-old temporary restraining order (TRO) against distribution of the sugar plantation in accordance with the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
A line from the letter said, “We humbly submit to your Honorable Office our appeal asking the Supreme Court to act with dispatch and resolve the controversial agrarian case of Hacienda Luisita in favor of agrarian reform beneficiaries..”. The letter was signed by the leaders of the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura.