There was an upswell of Filipino pride once again last Sunday as Pacquiao demolished the peek-a-boo Clottey (obviously more concerned about staying upright than notching a win).
It was a good day to be a Filipino — at least until the Kritch did her scripted afternoon drama on the Buzz (previous post).
Kritch might have stolen a little thunder and a little dignity from our day, but nothing could have prepared us for an international embarrassment that confirmed what many of us have been saying for SOOOO LONG. Yesterday afternoon, we spotted this piece on the web.
The New York Times’ intrepid Japanese-Canadian reporter Norimitsu Onishi did tons of research and nailed priceless quotes from a range of people as he penned: “For Philippine Family in Politics, Land Issue Hits Home.”
Here’s the link, as I want you to appreciate just how embarrassing this is for our country.
Bloggers everywhere can have a field day referencing this article for Noy and his family’s many slip-ups and inconsistencies.
- AGRARIAN REFORM IS A FLOP: “Despite the government’s assertion that a two-decade-old land distribution program has been a success, most farmers in the Philippines have yet to benefit significantly. The uneven ownership of land, this country’s primordial problem, continues to concentrate economic and political power in the hands of large landowning families (AQUINO/COJUANGCO RING A BELL?) and to fuel armed insurgencies, including Asia’s longest-running Communist rebellion… Though Mrs. Aquino (CORY) made land reform a top priority, she allowed landowning families to eviscerate her distribution program. Critics say there is no greater example of the failure of land reform than her own family’s estate.“
- NOYNOY IS LYING WHEN HE SAYS THEY WANT TO DISTRIBUTE THE LAND TO THE FARMERS. “For the past five years, the family has been fighting in the Supreme Court a government directive to distribute the 10,000-acre Hacienda Luisita — the second-biggest family-owned piece of land in the Philippines, about 80 miles north of Manila — to 10,000 farmers…” WTF! THEY’VE BEEN FIGHTING TO KEEP OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL.
- BIGGEST EXAMPLE OF DECEPTION: “Criticized for his family’s position, Mr. Aquino, 50, the front-runner in the presidential election, announced recently that the family would transfer the land to the farmers after ensuring that debts were paid off. “It will be theirs clear and free,” Mr. Aquino said in an interview in Manila… But Mr. Aquino’s cousin, Fernando Cojuangco, the chief operating officer of the holding company that owns the plantation, said that the extended Cojuangco family, owners of this plantation since 1958, had no intention of giving up the land or the sugar business. “No, we’re not going to,” Mr. Cojuangco, 47, said in an interview here. “I think it would be irresponsible because I feel that continuing what we have here is the way to go. Sugar farming has to be; it’s the kind of business that has to be done plantation-style.”
- THE STOCK DISTRIBUTION OPTION IS A NOT-TOO-CLEVER RUSE TO SKIRT LAND DISTRIBUTION. “What is more, lawmakers, most of whom come from large landowning families, included loopholes in the (LAND REFORM) program, critics say. ‘Because of the loopholes, landlords have been able to find all sorts of ways and means to recover their land,’ said Roland G. Simbulan, a professor of development studies and public management at the University of the Philippines. The biggest loophole, critics say, was a stock and profit-sharing program that Mrs. Aquino agreed to under pressure from large landlords. Instead of redistributing their land, about a dozen families, including her own, were allowed to turn farmers into shareholders. The government eventually found that the Cojuangcos had violated the agreement by failing to share profits with the farmers and ordered that the land be distributed, said Mr. Pangandaman of the agrarian reform department.
So, yeah. ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer can go prop up Noy with all the airtime and column inch he needs, while the world at large shakes its head at this hollow shell of a man trying to pretend to know how run a country yet clearly is CRIMINALLY LIABLE for the injustices on his family’s own ill-gotten land.
TIME FOR SOME SYMPATHY TEARS AGAIN, KRIS.