Saturday, December 15, 2007

An Open Letter To Mr. Mon Tulfo...

Dear Mr. Tulfo,

While I am in no position to challenge another man's sincerity, I believe that the issue isn't *what* happens with the land, but *WHO* owns the land.

The Sumilao farmers have been denied the land that was rightfully theirs due to willful negligence during Ruben Torres' time of the rights of the farmers that were trampled upon.

The land sold to SMF is *disputed* land, and thus, should not have been sold in the first place. Like any stolen property, selling it and using it for good does not absolve you from the fact that you purchased stolen property.

At the end of the day, the Sumilao farmers are still without land, when they should have this land to begin with. If they wish to sell their land to SMF, so be it! But it should be *their* call and not the clearly illegitimate owner Quisumbing.

And that's the bigger picture: they deserve that land, and it should be their call what to do with it.

Good, sincere intentions, though they may be, we know all too well what the road to hell is paved with, sadly.

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