Virgilio de los Reyes - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Virgilio de los Reyes


Aquino slams ally: Akbayan's Bello has 'so many complaints'

Nov 03, 2014 - 5:27 PM

The President advises the party list congressman – who earlier criticized his DAP and some controversial Cabinet members – to run for president in 2016 if he has so many views on how to run the country

STILL ALLIES. A day after Rep Walden Bello (pictured), a member of Aquino-allied Akbayan party list called for the resignation of some Cabinet members, Malacañang says Akbayan continues to support the President. File photo from Rappler

Palace: Akbayan still an Aquino ally

Aug 26, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Malacañang reaffirms Akbayan’s support for the Aquino administration even after Akbayan Representative Walden Bello asked President Aquino to sack certain Cabinet members

SCRAP. Aquino-allied Akbayan party list calls for the abolition of PDAF. File photo from Rappler

DAR's budget cut in half, but 'enough' to meet targets

Aug 07, 2014 - 7:06 PM

There are big reductions in the department s budget for land distribution support services and agrarian justice delivery

AGRARIAN REFORM. With time ticking for agrarian reform, can the DAR make do with its significantly reduced 2015 budget? Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Aquino to Congress: Extend agrarian reform deadline

Jun 11, 2014 - 7:14 PM

As the June 30 deadline set by law for agrarian reform nears the President certifies as urgent a bill extending the land acquisition and distribution component of the program

SPEED IT UP. Mindanao farmers call on the Department of Agrarian Reform to speed up land distribution. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

DAR: No illegal land conversion in Hacienda Luisita

Mar 27, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Tadeco s earth balling and fencing off of land is not illegal land conversion says DAR chief Virgilio De Los Reyes

FENCED OFF. A fence of barbed wires is put up by the Tarlac Developent Corporation in contested land in Hacienda Luisita. Photo by Dax Simbol

DAR: CARPER extension not needed

Mar 06, 2014 - 4:37 PM

But the department wants Congress to pass a law allowing DAR to issue Notices of Coverage after June 30

LAND REFORM DEADLINE. As the CARPER nears its June 30, 2014 deadline, some farmers claim the DAR's land distribution still favors landlords. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Land reform advocates to DAR: Stick to 2014 deadline

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:39 PM

Four months to go before the end of CARPER around 800 000 hectares of land are yet to be awarded to farmer beneficiaries

A MATTER OF WILL. Land reform advocates say the DAR should be able to meet the CARPER deadline if they had enough political will. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Violence in Luisita: Farmers' huts burned, crops bulldozed

Feb 12, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Tarlac police and guards hired by the Cojuangco owned Tadeco have fenced off a portion of Hacienda Luisita that they say is not covered by the agrarian reform

VIOLENCE ESCALATING. A farmer is held by policemen in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac. All photos from Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA)

DAR denies releasing Malampaya funds

Jan 23, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The agency says they have been investigating the matter themselves since December 2012

Petition calls for 'genuine' Hacienda Luisita land distribution

Jan 01, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Petitioners say blatant landgrabbing increased militarization and unfair disqualification of farmers make the land distribution a hoax

UNFAIR DISTRIBUTION. Despite the DAR's distribution of land titles among farm workers of Hacienda Luisita, agrarian reform advocates call the process a 'hoax.' Photos by Arcel Cometa

Farmers: DAR keeping prime Hacienda Luisita lots

Oct 15, 2013 - 9:15 PM

DAR says the 200 300 hectares that farmers want distributed are classified as residential in a court ruling but the agency is checking if these are agricultural

NOT SATISFIED. Protesters at an August 27 rally claim the DAR's implementation of land reform in Hacienda Luisita does not live up to the landmark April 24, 2013 Supreme Court ruling. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Hacienda Luisita farmers to receive land titles in days

Sep 28, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Around 5 800 qualified farmer beneficiaries will be given land titles starting September 30 until mid October

A HOAX. Despite the jumpstarting of the Hacienda Luiisita land distribution by the Department of Agrarian Reform, farmers protested in front of the Supreme Court on August 27, calling the process a hoax. Photos by Arcel Cometa

Napoles' DAR connection

Sep 05, 2013 - 3:09 PM

She could spot in the layers of the arcane government bureaucracy whom to tap and keep in her wide network of contacts

Drilon doubts DAR will meet land distribution targets

Sep 04, 2013 - 9:20 PM

There have been overlaps and other inconsistencies in the records of agencies involved in implementing agrarian reform admits the DAR secretary

DRILON DRILLS. Senator Franklin Drilon asks Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes how the department will finish 2013 land distribution targets given the backlog and myriad of problems confronting CARP implementing agencies. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Mindanao farmers to benefit from Italian aid

Feb 05, 2013 - 8:25 AM

Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said the loan would be maximized not only by constructing rural infrastructures but also through enterprise development and capacity building in agrarian reform communities

Bishops to Aquino: Relieve DAR chief

Feb 01, 2013 - 6:19 PM

In an open letter to the President the CBCP asks him to take quick decisive action in the Department of Agrarian Reform