Carolling farmers ask SC to lift TRO in Luisita

By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 10:39pm (Mla time) 12/27/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Militant farmers and farm workers’ groups on Thursday picketed the Supreme Court, singing Christmas carols as they campaigned for lifting of a temporary restraining order blocking the distribution of lands they had been tilling at the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.

About 20 members of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, the Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura and farm workers from Hacienda Luisita joined the picket, which began at around 11:30 a.m.

Rene Galang, concurrent president of UMA and the United Luisita Workers’ Union, gave Chief Justice Reynato Puno a Christmas card “so that he will not forget our Christmas wish.”

“It has been 50 years since the farm workers started fighting for their rights to the land,” Galang said.

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