Abused farmers of Hacienda Luisita received generous donations and free ride home from DSWD and netizens
A post about abused farmers of Hacienda Luisita went viral after a social media personality and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assistant secretary posted on Facebook a picture of the farmers who approached the office for help and received bus tickets back home to Mindanao.
DSWD Asst. Secretary Lorraine Marie Badoy lamented that while it is a big help for DSWD to help them get back home, “but if this is all we gun for, not JUSTICE, not INDEMNIFICATION, then we are so lost.” She heartily expressed that, “I want justice for them. I want them paid over and beyond what they were promised—for all the grief, all the abuses, all the hardships they’ve had to endure in the hands of the greedy oligarchs.”
Based on the stories of the farmers to Badoy, they flew all the way from Mindanao, their hometown, to Hacienda Luisita in Luzon because of the Cojuangco’s promise that they will be paid Php 500 per day. However, “when the dust had settled, the highest they were paid was 160 pesos a WEEK. Often it went down to as low as 40 pesos a week.”
Besides the lowly wage, the Aquino-Cojuancos made them pay for the food they were fed which was nothing more than rotten sardines, noodles, and sometimes no food at all. The farmers of Hacienda Luisita had to rummage through the garbage of their landowners just to find a meal.
The abuses and lowly wage forced the farmers to escape and seek help in DSWD where they were given free bus tickets back to Mindana , however Badoy solicited more help online by asking for donations.
Before the farmers left Luzon, they were able to receive more than Php 62, 000 from various citizens, not including four sacks of 50kg rice, boxes of noodles, and biscuits from Duterte’s Kitchen, lunch, more biscuits, and drinks from a volunteer, Sheila Uson and her husband.
In post on Facebook, Badoy narrated,
"I look at this photo and I don’t know about you but what I see is a bunch of human beings. I bet you do too.
I don’t see them any different from me.
Apparently not so with the Cojuangcos of Hacienda Luisita who recruited them from far off Mindanao with the promise of work that would pay them 500 bucks a day. An enticing pay that hundreds of them walked in to the trap and left their families last November.
When the dust had settled, the highest they were paid was 160 pesos a WEEK. Often it went down to as low as 40 pesos a week. And they were woken up at 2 or 3 am and in the dark, start the backbreaking work of harvesting sugar cane--- where they were paid by the tons of sugar cane they could harvest instead of by the day as they were promised.
Among them, MINORS AND SENIORS!
They were made to pay for the food they were fed—rotten sardines, noodles and most days, nothing!-- so they had to scrounge around in the basurahan of the Aquino Cojuangcos—amidst the soiled sanitary napkins and toilet paper.
The going rate of the rice fed them was 6000 bucks per sack of rice ---the amount of which was deducted from their 50 peso-a-week take home pay. And they were kept under lock and key so they couldn’t just walk out of the joint and say, “I have had enough. Pakyu Noynoy Panot!”
But escape they did. And they found their way to the DSWD through the kindest of souls: Ricky Medenilla and Pia Castro—kind strangers who saw them sleeping in the streets near Aguinaldo (they were turned away there. Argh.) and took them into their homes, fed them and brought them to us.
As a kid I loved reading stories about slavery in the US. I just had no idea this shit still existed under our very noses.
And you know what’s the shittiest part in it for me? Apart from the Cojuangcos distancing themselves from this, I am betting. The oligarchs do not want to dirty their hands. That's a given. They let their minions do the dirty job for them. So the shittiest part for me is how the best they get from this now is a bus ticket home care of the DSWD.
Yes home is a big thing. HUGE. To be back in the embrace of their families after the hell called Hacienda Luisita.
But if all they get out of this is a bus ticket home, then we’re all fucked.
Yes, I love that, in the embrace of DSWD, they got fed, listened to, comforted –TREATED LIKE THE HUMAN BEINGS THEY ARE--and that arrangements were made ora mismo to get them back home.
But if this is all we gun for, not JUSTICE, not INDEMNIFICATION, then we are so lost.
I want justice for them. I want them paid over and beyond what they were promised—for all the grief, all the abuses, all the hardships they’ve had to endure in the hands of the greedy oligarchs. A case has been filed against Hacienda Luisita and it is in the DOLE. I want us all to be so invested in it and watch it with eagle eyes.
I want the COJUANGCOS, those fucking greedy bastards brought to justice and to be made to answer for all the crimes they have committed against the Filipino people.
Seriously, how does one sleep at night knowing you got wealthy on the backs of the toiling masses? How does one enjoy living off BLOOD MONEY? Kris Aquino—can you tell me in your aggravating as hell voice, how you sleep at night? What about you Noynoy? TELL ME! I WANT TO KNOW! Because it is such a fucking mystery to me.
No edits, one go. Sorry. Looong day ahead. I just had to tell you.
PS. A bus takes them home tonight. They are in the bus terminal in Cubao. You might want to say hi to them. I cried my heart out when they told me their story. It made them cry too. Crying allowed!
After that story, Badoy solicited help from netizens in a series of posts on Facebook which are chronologically ordered here:"
Abused farmers of Hacienda Luisita received generous donations and free ride home from DSWD and netizens Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on February 23, 2017 Rating: