April 24, 2012. With finality, the Supreme Court voted 8-6-1 to distribute 4,335 hectares (or 88%) of Hacienda Luisita to nearly 6,300 qualified farmers with benefits (FWB), ending a 27-year struggle over the disputed farm lands. Also, the farmers would pay only P40,000 per hectare (based on 1989 land valuation prices) to Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI) as just compensation, instead of P2 million as accorded by 2006 land valuation prices and appealed by HLI.
Also on the covers: The Department of Education’s K-12 education program was launched · The scuffle over the disputed West Philippine Sea islands continues
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