Tension prevailed at the Hacienda Luisita over the weekend after two farmer groups from different barangays faced off against each other over the ownership of a parcel of land inside the sugar plantation clutched by the Aquino-Cojuangco clan, a report on GMA 7’s Unang Balita said.
Farmers from Brgys. Texas and Balete figured in the conflict on Sunday over the ownership of a land in Brgy. Mapalacsiao, with the former claiming the land has already been awarded to them while latter arguing they have the right to own it since they were the ones farming it.
The Balete group farmers were even armed with paddles and bolo knives as seen on the video.
The tension subsided only after police arrived, the report said.
The Department of Agrarian Reform has yet to issue a statement on the matter.
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