As most Filipinos are rather focusing on the events surrounding and after the controversy involving the unpopular Anti-Cybercrime law, it alls seemed that a decades-old issue remains still at large despite promises, pleadings, and even decisions made direct from Malacanang to the Supreme Court.
That, with the peasants still clamoring for arable land from the status-quo keeping landlords, the peasant issue continues to prevail especially in the provinces whose arable land remains under possession of the wealthy few like the contested Hacienda Luisita of the Cojuangcos in Tarlac.
In fact, despite all the decision made by the Supreme Court last April, moves to circumvent the said decision continues to prevail with the Cojuangco-Aquinos still having enough tactics exhausted especially in "exploiting the loopholes at the court's decision."
And also thinking that despite Chief Justice Sereno voted over the decision ordering the distribution, she dissents regarding the amount of "just compensation" using the Php 49.000 in 1989 and favoring what is worth 2 to 2.5 million peso last 2006.
According to Sereno, it is "too confiscatory" to favor 1989 decision regarding the price of a parcel of land before given to the peasant holder; but come to think of it, having that kind of price such as 2.5 million rather aggravates tension and thus undermining means to end the decades-old issue, thinking that since Aquino administration tries to banner itself as promoters of social justice in its righteous path, then how come this issue still continues despite all decisions given? Will the vast majority of poor sharecroppers clamoring for land afford to pay thousand by thousand for years just to have a parcel?
Worse, with the CARPer law still in power, lands like Hacienda Luisita can be bought back by the Cojuangcos after a 10 year probation. Other schemes such as Joint Venture and Profit Sharing had been discussed, that most people tend to think of it as substitutes for the failed "Stock Distribution Option" opposed by the farmworkers.
The perennial question is not even limited to Hacienda Luisita alone. There are other haciendas around the Philippines whose peasants are also threatened both by the landed gentry and the state with its military, acting as "security guards", all looking for "insurgents" amongst the rebellious peasantry. Plantations owned by companies even afford to provide private armies or from the state itself for security and perhaps to intimidate neighboring lands, especially owned by tribes and small croppers to sumbission.
After all, such sheer nonsense like those catastrophes continues to prevail regarding this kind of issue that is worse than the Anti-cybercrime law that nowadays been restrained. If the latter had be restrained and rejoiced by many, then how about a much serious one such as a decades-old question involving land? Big arable farmlands fit for cash crops like Sugar, rice, pineapples and tobaccos had been used time and again and controlled by landlords should had been given straight for decades through various social justice programs like CARP and today's CARPer yet the issue remains unanswered as peasants still clamoring for it.
Worse, having an arable land be developed that is far from its purpose such as golf clubs and subdivisions. Frankly speaking, this writeup lies a fitting question: How is the peasant question nowadays? If unanswered, then who's to blame for making a country dependent on foodstuff imports instead of its farmers with a parcel of land of its own?
Does it mean the programs shown in tarpaulins in Quezon City and in state-controlled TV are just a show off?