Emulate PGMA’s action in land reform, Palace execs tell critics

September 10, 2009 9:36 am 

MANILA, Sept. 10 — Malacañang today advised critics of the government to emulate President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who placed her husband’s vast estate under the land reform program, instead of using her as a “punching bag” to advance their agenda in next year’s polls.

In a press briefing, Presidential Economic Spokesperson Gary Olivar said the land reform program is part of the 10-point agenda of the President and her administration.

According to Olivar, the President, by distributing the land owned by her husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, demonstrates that she is serious about implementing the law and doesn’t matter if her family gets hurt in the process.

Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez said the President’s critics continue to throw baseless accusations against her but none of them ever reach the Court.

Olivar reminded the public that it was President Arroyo who signed into law the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Extension with Reforms or CARPER.

He said President Arroyo did so in August this year as a tribute to the Father of Land Reform, former President Diosdado P. Macapagal, who, 46 years ago, signed Republic Act 3844 or The Agricultural Land Reform Code.

Along with the CARPER signing, the President sent a strong signal that she meant business when she distributed 10,853 hectares of agricultural lands to agrarian reform beneficiaries throughout the country.

The land reform law, the consolidated version of House Bill 4077 and Senate Bill 2666, extends CARP for five more years and takes effect retroactively on July 1 this year. (PNA)



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