MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles ) – The ruling Liberal Party candidate for vice president, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, has admitted that the Aquino administration has failed to distribute land to farmers under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
The admission comes weeks after a federation of agricultural workers accused President NoyNoy Aquino’s family of using a bogus sale of assets to retain ownership and control of the 6,453-hectare Hacienda Luisita.
Robredo, a member of the House committee on agrarian reform, said that many tracts of land intended for distribution were not transferred to the control of farmer-beneficiaries.
This has angered President Aquino and his anointed successor, Mar Roxas. Both expressed regret for choosing the congresswoman to be the ruling party’s VP candidate.
“We didn’t have a clue that she would “bite the hand that feeds her,” Aquino said, adding that she shouldn’t be making statements that would put the administration in a bad light.
The Aquino administration has been touting its anti-corruption mantra of “daang matuwid” (straight path) and Robredo’s statements were in direct contradiction to said mantra.
Luckily for Robredo and the Filipino electorate, Philippine electoral rules allow voters to vote for president and vice president who may or may not belong to the same political party, so potentially, Roberedo could be elected VP but not Roxas, the administration’s presidential standard bearer.