TARLAC- With the ghost of Hacienda Luisita haunting his bid for the presidency, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III vowed Tuesday to ensure the distribution of the 4,500-hectare plantation to farmer-beneficiaries by June 2014.
Aquino made the promise at a press conference in his family’s ancestral home in Concepcion town, which he chose to be the venue of his electoral campaign’s kick-off. [See: Noynoy seeks God's help at campaign kick-off in Tarlac]
Aquino said he has already asked his extended family – relatives of his mother, the late former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino – to find ways to distribute the land to 10,000 farmer-beneficiaries before the end of the government’s five-year agrarian reform program.
Aquino’s spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Noynoy is committed to ensuring the distribution of Hacienda Luisita land even if he loses in the May elections.
“It’s not just a campaign promise, it’s a matter of principle,” Lacierda told GMANews.TV over the phone.