The National Election is the most crucial national event that every citizen should be part of (no excuses and buts), for the country's future is at stake here. The 2010 Philippine Election will be marked as the first time that the Philippines will adapt an automated elections and my first time to cast my vote as a responsible and concerned Filipino. With so many candidates vying for the highest seat on the nation, who will we vote for? This is where traditional media (television, radio, and newspapers) and the New Media (blogs and news websites) comes in, to provide us the information for us to carefully scrutinize.
I am not a big fan of traditional media supporting, delivering and spreading news regarding who's on top of the social survey results but that is a completely different topic, today I will focus more on one of the Philippine Presidential candidates this 2010 and the issues that he should face. This is A Citizen's View on Noynoy Aquino and Hacienda Luisita.
Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III, popularly known as Noynoy Aquino is the son of the two late National heroes Corazon Aquino and Benigno Aquino. With two of his parents recognized by the country as national heroes, plus Noynoy has (so far)no bad political track record, these factors could be more than enough to make him one of the best option this 2010 elections. All seems perfect with Noynoy Aquino except for one thing, an issue that haunts his family... Hacienda Luisita.
Either a black propaganda against Noynoy Aquino or just the natural way of how things unfold, Noynoy is urged to solve Hacienda Luisita by various concerned Filipinos and adversaries. If you are a responsible Filipino voter and wants to know why Hacienda Luisita haunts and threatens the chances of Noynoy Aquino in vying as a Philippine presidential candidate then watch this video.
A warning though some of the scenes contain images of gore and violence. Watch and approach the "Hacienda Luisita massacre: An outstanding issue of the people on Benigno Noynoy Aquino III" featured video in an apolitical manner. Try to carefully weigh things for the video somehow (to me) seems to go against Noynoy Aquino:
The "alleged" land reform injustice and the violence against the farmers of Haceienda Luisita follows Noynoy Aquino like a dark shadow on a path of fame and light. Thanks to the power of new media, the online public may finally know what Noynoy plans for Hacienda Luisita. Noynoy's statement regarding the dispute of their family's (the Aquinos and Cojuagncos) land, Hacienda Luisita still does not offer an immediate answer to the pressing matter.
I am a bit of a realist myself, Noynoy stated that his family shall finally give the land (free from its debt) to its farmers (as mandated by the Law) but it would take another four years and so. Though that is still a big question for his mother, late-Cory Aquino failed to provide the land back at her term as a Philippine president, so chances are that Noynoy might experience the same conflict himself. In the end, Noynoy is only one of the many (family members) owners of Hacienda Luisita his actions and decisions regarding the controversial property may not necessary reflect the intentions and decisions of the rest of the family.
Justice must still be served to those unfortunate victims of the "Hacienda Luisita murder". What I am looking forward to is the incarceration of the people behind the murder (Still hoping that justice will triumph over money and power). The dedicated farmers have worked hard and endured for decades with high hopes that they shall be granted with the land promised to them. An indefinite delay of this is the main reason why the farmers held the massive protest in the first place, which unfortunately ended up in a bloody conclusion.
Hacienda Luisita farmers claiming their individual land that they deserved, mandated by the Philippine Constitution is the perfect scenario to finally closed this dark chapter of the Hacienda Luisita issue. The people hold Ninoy Aquino responsible because he is an Aquino and as long as this issue isn't resolve, this will haunt him as a public official. For now the only thing that the farmers can hold onto is Noynoy's promise and assurance that they will have their land. The Hacienda Luisita issue must be addressed whether Noynoy Aquino wins this 2010 Presidential Elections or not.