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Workers of Hacienda Luisita, plant rice on idle tracts of land. Most of the 10,000 workers opted for a controversial financial package rather than accept parcels of land. Photo from Bulatlat.com
PHILIPPINES – President Benigno Aquino III visited his family’s 6,500-hectare sugar plantation, Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province, as its farmers lined up to collect their shares of a financial package that plantation management has offered to settle ownership of the land. The plantation stopped its operations in 2004 after the Luisita Massacre in which seven people were killed and 121 wounded in a clash between striking farmers and the Philippine National Police.