This message was sent to Pro Pinoy by a freelance journalist who wishes not to be named as he continues to investigate the truth about Hacienda Luisita. ProPinoy is attempting to contact CATLU for their direct response. Abangan.
Ayoko na bok. Wish I never asked my parents to fund my journalism studies. Wish I never got into this vocation of lies. Seryoso. If you really want to know what’s going on in this country, you have to go out there. Go out there and get it yourself. Don’t believe what you read in the papers. Some people will print carabao dung for money.
Manila Bulletin. Business Mirror. Daily Tribune. People’s Journal. Bandera. Five different publications. One false press release. All these newspapers printed the same press release with a fake statement from the Central Azucacera de Tarlac Labor Union (CATLU). Five newspapers printed the lie that the Hacienda Luisita workers did not expect to get justice if Noynoy Aquino is elected. That’s why they’re voting for Villar instead. What a load of dung.
(see news coverage on this false press release: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/245570/families-appeal-justice)
Whoever concocted this press release and paid for the newspapers to print it had absolutely no concern for the residents of Hacienda Luisita. They do not care at all that their propaganda will merely make it harder for people who live there to carry on in spite of the political turmoil that has ruined their livelihoods. Hindi man lang nila iniisip na mas lalong mahihirapang makahanap ng tunay na resolusyon sa mga problema sa Luisita dahil nilason na nila ang isip ng publiko sa usaping ito.
I went to Luisita last January to conduct interviews for an article, and was alarmed at how different the situation there was from what was being painted on the papers. I am sure that I’m not the only writer who has had a chance to go there, and talk to the residents. Howie Severino of GMA news clearly conducted interviews there seeing that he knows that “there are factions in the unions with varying loyalties.” Varying loyalties? Bakit ang nababasa lang sa mga dyaryo ay lahat ng tao sa Luisita ay galit kay Noynoy Aquino at pro-Villar? I swear, all you need to do is go to Luisita, and ask around, and you’ll find out that these news writers write fabrications.
After reading the papers today, I immediately called Alfredo Laurente, the CATLU president whom I interviewed last January. I asked him why their labor union suddenly decided that a dialogue with Noynoy Aquino would not lead to justice or genuine land reform. He said the story was not true:
“Wala po kaming kinalaman diyan. Sa totoo lang wala nga kaming balita dito tungkol sa statement na yan. Baka personal na opinyon yan ng isang tao. Hindi naman nila nirerepresent ang majority. Sana lang po ay kunin muna ang panig namin sa ganitong mga usapin dahil ang buhay namin ang apektado sa isyung ito. Kami rin po ang nakakaalam ng sitwasyon dito dahil kami ang nagtratrabaho at nakatira dito.
Hindi namin sinisisi sa mga Aquino ang mga gulong nangyari dito sa Hacienda. Kami naman po ay may konsensya rin. Kawawa naman kung madamay yung mga inosente. Kilala po namin ang mga Aquino. Mababait po sila at mahusay naman makitungo sa amin. Hindi naman sila nakikialam sa pamamalakad ng kumpanya. Sa katunayan marami nga pong mga taga-Central na sumusuporta kay Senator Noynoy. Simple lang naman e. Sino pa bang iboboto mo kung hindi yung ka-baryo mo?
Malayo rin sa saloobin namin ang sinasabi ng Kilusang Mambubukid ng Pilipinas. Hindi po sila ang kumakatawan sa amin. Paano mangyayari yun e agricultural sila at mga factory workers kami? Wala pong basehan ang kanilang mga sinasabi. Kung totoo sana mag-rereact kami.”
Five different publications. One fake press release. The politicos behind this new propaganda have been doing this for years, sabotaging our media for their selfish political purposes. But what really gets to me are the media men who allow these politicos to subvert our profession. the so-called journalists who have the gall to put their bylines next to a press release they did not even bother to rewrite. Tamaan na ang dapat tamaan. Kahit kaibigan kita, kung ginagawa mo ‘to… basta malabo ka bok. Malabo yang ginagawa mo.