Hacienda Luisita farmers allegedly set fire to sugarcane field, 300 hectares damaged

Philstar.com reports that "local farmers allegedly set fire to a portion of the sugarcane field at Hacienda Luisita "last Friday, December 16. The hacienda, which is located in Barangay Balete, Tarlac City, Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI), which is owned by the Aquinos and Cojuangcos. Police said P1-million worth of crops were destroyed in the fire that affected 300 hectares of the plantation. The blaze, which started sometime in the morning, was put out by firefighters after five hours.

Philstar.com reports that "local farmers allegedly set fire to a portion of the sugarcane field at Hacienda Luisita "last Friday, December 16. The hacienda, which is located in Barangay Balete, Tarlac City, Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI), which is owned by the Aquino and Cojuangco clans. Police said P1-million worth of crops were destroyed in the fire that affected 300 hectares of the plantation. The blaze, which started sometime in the morning, was put out by firefighters after five hours.

 

According to the report, "Police are investigating the alleged involvement of Barangay Balete councilmen Pual Mallari and Hilario Hipolito, Leonila Halili, Dominador Salian, all of Barangay Balete and Felix Nacpil of Barangay Mabilog, Concepcion, Tarlac. The suspects reportedly led at least 30 farmers that started the blaze."

 

The report pointed out: "Hacienda Luisita Independent Planters Association, Azucal Inc. and other farmers from Sugarcane Farming Agricultural Corp. are currently renting the sugar plantation from HLI."

 

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