They Were Promised To Get P500/Day Working At Hacienda Luisita. What Happened Instead Will Make You Angry!

"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."
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A Facebook post from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Usec Lorraine Badoy is going viral after she reported that minors and seniors from Mindanao were allegedly recruited to work at Hacienda Luisita and was promised to pay P500 a day.

However, what the recruiter promised didn't happen. As per Badoy's report, the highest payment they got was only 160 pesos a week.

Fortunately, they found their way to the DSWD through Ricky Medenilla and Pia Castro—kind strangers who saw them sleeping in the streets near Aguinaldo and took them into their homes, fed and brought these people to them.

Kindly read Badoy's complete Facebook post about this report.

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!
DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo's Facebook page also gave an update about these farmers. Please read.

Tumungo kahapon ng umaga sa DSWD Centra Office saBatasan ang siyam na kababayan nating T'boli na nilinlang at niloko ng Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative at Agrikulto Inc na mga recruiters ng Hacienda Luisita. Sa tulong ng Crisis Intervention Unit o CIU ng Protective Services Bureau ng DSWD, makakauwi na sa South Cotabato at Saranggani ngayong araw ang mga T'boli para muling makasama ang kanilang mga pamilya. Nagbigay rin ng food assistance ang CIU para sa durasyon ng byahe nila pa-Mindanao.

Bahagi sila ng 864 na sacadang mula sa Mindanao na nilinlang magtrabaho sa Hacienda Luisita. Ayon sa kanila, katapusan pa ng Enero ng umalis sila sa Hacienda Luisita at gaya ng mga nauna nang tumakas sa lugar ay hindi makatao ang naging kalagayan nila sa trabaho at nasa P9 lang arawang sahod nila sa sistemang pakyaw. Ayon sa mga T'boli na nakapanayam natin may 17 pang sacadang mula Mindanao ang nasa Hacienda Luisita.

Magtulungan po tayong hindi na maulit ang mga ganitong pananamantala sa mga kababayan nating magsasaka at manggagawang bukid.

#DSWDMayMalasakit
#MagtulunganTayo
As of writing, Badoy's Facebook post already generated more than 900 shares and 2,300 different reactions from her FB friends and followers.