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Violence at Luisita emanates from Cojuangco-Aquinos’ refusal to distribute lands

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano condemned the violence that ensued at Hacienda Luisita over the weekend that stemmed from RCBC ‘s claims on the 500 hectares (has.) of land inside Hacienda Luisita. Farmers tried to bring down the perimeter fences built by RCBC on the disputed land that was illegally sold by the Cojuangco-Aquinos to RCBC. The act, according to Mariano is a ‘just assertion’ of the farmers’ right to the lands.


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Arrest warrant vs. Luisita farm workers, leaders a continuing injustice by the Cojuangco-Aquinos

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Rafael Mariano today condemned the continuing injustice against farmers and workers of Hacienda Luisita with the arrest warrant issued against 22 farm workers of Hacienda Luisita, including 5 village officials, in relation to the trump-up coercion charges filed by the Yuchengco-owned Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) over the contested 500-hectare worth 431.6 million which the bank management claims ownership.


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“Wage increase for workers a matter of social justice” – solon

Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano assailed Malacañang’s ‘cold’ rejection of workers’ appeals for a legislated P125 wage increase, saying that the wage hike is a ‘matter of social justice’ in the face of spiralling oil prices and rising poverty in the country.


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“Wage increase for workers a matter of social justice” – solon

Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano assailed Malacañang’s ‘cold’ rejection of workers’ appeals for a legislated P125 wage increase, saying that the wage hike is a ‘matter of social justice’ in the face of spiraling oil prices and rising poverty in the country.




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“Pull-out coco levy funds from San Miguel Corporation and return to coco farmers”

“Pull-out coco levy funds from San Miguel Corporation and return to coco farmers”
Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano supported the justified claim of coconut farmers on the coco levy funds invested in San Miguel Corporation (SMC) owned by business tycoon and presidential uncle Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco Jr. “It is imperative that the Aquino government pullout the coco levy funds from SMC and return the funds to millions of poor coconut farmers.”



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Solon to government: “Don’t wait for riots, address high oil prices now”

Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said Malacanang must exert strong political will to concretely address the oppressive oil price hikes and don’t wait for food riots and massive people’s uprisings. “The current high oil prices have become unbearable and unacceptable for ordinary people and even middle class sectors.”


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Human rights violations continue with impunity under Aquino – Anakpawis

Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano said grave human rights violations continue with impunity under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III as shown in escalating cases of extra judicial killings, harassment and other rights abuses against farmers and peasant advocates in the countryside.