Farmer or landlord?: Whose side is your bishop on?
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Church leaders have called anew for the Aquino administration to save land reform from a "quiet death."
Eighty-one of them – 15 archbishops, 59 bishops, and 7 church administrators – signed a letter urging President Benigno Aquino III to approve two critical land reform policies.
One proposed law extends the ability of the government to reward more agricultural lands to smallholder farmers while the other creates an independent commission to evaluate the accomplishment of the government's agrarian reform program.
As of August 2014, more than 700,000 hectares of agricultural land are yet to be awarded to farmer-beneficiaries, according to DAR data. (READ: Agrarian reform deadline: 41,500 hectares not yet covered)
Here is the list of church leaders who supported the appeal for land reform.