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A Church official today called on President Benigno Aquino to intervene in a land case involving his relatives after the supreme court failed to resolve the matter and ordered a referendum instead.
Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ National Secretariat for Social Action, should not act like Pontius Pilate and wash its hands of the Hacienda Luisita case.
In its ruling yesterday, the court dismissed the stock distribution option offered by the Hacienda Luisita but directed the Department of Agrarian Reform to conduct another referendum to again ask farmers affected by the case if they want shares or ownership of parts of the 6,443-hectare sugar estate.
“[Aquino] is not only the president; he is also a ‘cojuangco’ [owner of the estate]. He should ask his relatives to do what is right,” Gariguez told reporters.