Friday, July 13, 2012

Hacienda Luisita: Again and again and again

There are certain problems that either evade or refuse solutions. There are issues that for one reason or another remain unsettled and undefined. There are these and those disputes that elude settlement on account of this or that cause. Such a bitter and lamentable phenomenon receives different expressions, especially among simple yet intuitive people. A curse, a malediction, a plague – right or wrong, these are some of the terms used to point out such an insistently reigning and persisting misfortune.

When such a distressing reality refuses to go away, to disappear, to die, it goes on without saying that it acquires its pursuant social notoriety and public disgust. There seems to be some evil spirit reigning behind it – true or not. But one thing is certain: The continuous and certified victims of such a repulsive issue are precisely those who want it resolved once and for all. They are the ones who instead eventually disappear – killed, murdered, slaughtered – one after another. Yet the gross problematic rarity remains a concrete and living actuality.

Many things have been said many times about exactly the same seemingly eternal dispute in conjunction with a piece of land. Decades have passed since the rural trouble invaded the national conscience and consciousness. To this date of fast on-going globalization, remarkable advancement of information technology plus the marvels brought to fore by updated science – not to mention the possibility of a termo-nuclear war – the infamous agrarian problematic remains “alive and well.”

Without the least intention of passing rush judgment on certain individuals, of deliberately offending any group of people, but merely premised on recently past and present history, the Hacienda Luisita is that problem dispute, phenomenon, that curse, malediction, plague. Not few human lives were already lost. Bitterness and discontent are still on deck. Accusations and counter-accusations abound. Not only ideological factors but also judicial plus executive angles have become immersed therein. And the end of bitter and even bloody drama is not in sight.

The fact is that just a week ago or so, a good number of farmer-beneficiaries from exactly the same long and hotly contested hacienda, once more went to the streets, demanding their rightful share of the farm – not to mention the so-called “Mendiola Massacre” plus the downright murder even of a socially committed Aglipayan Bishop in Tarlac. This is not even mentioning the recent killing of a Dutch social worker apparently involved in the problem farm. When will the bloody contest come to an end? When will the dangerous combat be over and done away with?

Is it Hacienda Luisita: Again and again and again? How sad! How gross!