The EDSA People Power 1 anniversary is coming and for sure ABS-CBN and GMA 7 will bombard our television with documentaries about how good and saintly the Aquinos are.
But let’s stop kidding ourselves, the Cojuangco-Aquino clan isn’t what the Philippine media have been telling us since time immemorial.
I could cite a few examples of their misdeeds in the past, but I figured you must have already read or watched videos on YouTube about this matter.
Besides, those old issues about the Aquinos and the Cojuangcos seem so distant and I reckoned the younger generation would have a hard time connecting with it.
So I thought sharing the plight of the T’bolis from Mindanao who have been promised to get paid P500 per day to work in the Hacienda Luisita estate owned by the Cojuangco-Aquino family as sacadas is more fitting.
Danilo Ramos, UMA secretary general talked to the Philippine Daily Inquirer and this is what he revealed to the reporter.
The workers were promised a package consisting of a daily wage of P450 plus benefits, meals, including provision for board and lodging, and travel to and from Luisita. They were also promised P7,000 cash advance in three tranches.
“Instead of the P450 daily wage, they were paid a group rate of P220 per ton of sugarcane cut and hauled into trucks,” Ramos said.
Actually, the plight of the T’bolis was only known after 43 of the sacadas were rescued in Hacienda Luisita with the help of Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) in January.
Sadly, the major TV networks did give the news about the despicable plight of the T’bolis enough TV coverage for reasons we can only speculate.
But thanks to Facebook and the likes of DSWD Taguiwalo who actually cares for the welfare of the small people, the plight of the T’boli is getting the attention from social media people.
So without further adieu, below is the post of the DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
Tumungo kahapon ng umaga sa DSWD Centra Office saBatasan ang siyam na kababayan nating T’boli na nilinlang at niloko ng Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative at Agrikulto Inc na mga recruiters ng Hacienda Luisita. Sa tulong ng Crisis Intervention Unit o CIU ng Protective Services Bureau ng DSWD, makakauwi na sa South Cotabato at Saranggani ngayong araw ang mga T’boli para muling makasama ang kanilang mga pamilya. Nagbigay rin ng food assistance ang CIU para sa durasyon ng byahe nila pa-Mindanao.
Bahagi sila ng 864 na sacadang mula sa Mindanao na nilinlang magtrabaho sa Hacienda Luisita. Ayon sa kanila, katapusan pa ng Enero ng umalis sila sa Hacienda Luisita at gaya ng mga nauna nang tumakas sa lugar ay hindi makatao ang naging kalagayan nila sa trabaho at nasa P9 lang arawang sahod nila sa sistemang pakyaw. Ayon sa mga T’boli na nakapanayam natin may 17 pang sacadang mula Mindanao ang nasa Hacienda Luisita.
Magtulungan po tayong hindi na maulit ang mga ganitong pananamantala sa mga kababayan nating magsasaka at manggagawang bukid.
Your thoughts, please!