LOOK: Agrarian Reform cancels deals on Luisita

Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano disapproved the sale or lease of agrarian lands awarded by the government in Hacienda Luisita.

According to Mariano, the10-year ban stopped the holders of certificates of land ownership award (Cloa) from selling and leasing lands distributed under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The order given by Mariano affected the joint venture arrangements involving Cloa lots.

A total number of 4,000 out of 5,212 farmer-beneficiaries' CLOA has been sold, leased ir bound their land in joint agreements that defied the ban.

On the other hand, DAR secretary stressed he only directed his agency to determine why Cloa holders acted this way when asked if the owners are liable for the sale.

DAR should have been the one to decide if the sale, lease or joint venture contracts were justifiable or forced by circumstances.

"Mapagpasyang hakbang" or decisive decision has been the description of Mariano  towards DAR's act of cancelling the contracts.

However, entrepreneurs who leased CLOA lots condemns Mariano for his decision emphasizing that it is against the constitutional provision which guarantees the non-impairment of obligations of contracts.

"Secretary Mariano is an alter ego of President Duterte so the secretary's move is an execution action. Aside from the constitutional question, lease holders want to clarify who will benefit from the crops. Is there potential unjust enrichment here?" asked Tarlac Representative Noel Villanueva on behalf of the leaseholders.

Source: Inquirer