Bishop asks SC to rule on Hacienda Luisita agrarian issue soon

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the Supreme Court to resolve at the soonest possible time the dispute over the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita, a 6,453-hectare sugar plantation in Tarlac owned by the family of President Aquino.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action said the continued delay in deciding the long-standing dispute between land owners and farmers might raise suspicions of “political motives.”

“We’re wondering why it’s taking long to be decided upon,” said Pabillo over Church-run Radio Veritas over the weekend.

“Hasn’t the case been studied yet or is it just waiting for an opportunity to be used for political bargaining?” he said.

The Supreme Court was supposed to decide on the legality of a decision by the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) scrapping a 1989 stock distribution option (SDO) last week, he added.

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