JALOSJOS' SIS PROCLAIMED WINNER; AGRARIAN REFORM SEC ORDERS FARM TAKEOVERS
Iligan City, August 29, 2002 (STAR) By Lino Dela Cruz - From Jalosjos to another Jalosjos.
The Commission on Elections proclaimed Mayor Cecilia Jalosjos-Carreon of Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte yesterday as the new representative of the first congressional district of Zamboanga del Norte, replacing her jailed brother, former Rep. Romeo Jalosjos.
Jalosjos is serving two life terms for raping a minor. The Supreme Court recently upheld the sentence imposed on him by the Makati Regional Trial Court, prompting the House of Representatives to drop him from its roster of members.
Carreon will serve the remaining one year and three months of Jalosjos or until 2004.
Carreon won by a landslide the special election held last Monday, garnering 64,000 votes. Her rivals Artemio Adaza Jr. had 8,404; Orlando Salatandre, 6,232, and Elias Pamatong, 918 votes.
She will take her oath of office today before President Arroyo in the town of Sergio Osmeña.
***Braganza orders takeover of 9 private farm estates By Katherine Adraneda The Philippine Star 08/29/2002
Agrarian Reform Secretary Hernani Braganza ordered yesterday the takeover of nine private farm estates whose applications for the stock distribution option (SDO) have been rejected by President Arroyo.
Braganza directed field personnel of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to begin compulsory acquisition proceedings on a total of 5,325 hectares of land and ensure that the estates will be awarded to farm workers and tenants tilling them.
The DAR identified the estates as the following:
• The 271-hectare Las Nievas coconut plantation in Agusan del Norte owned by Montilla-Escarilla and Co. Inc.;
• The 178-hectare coconut and nipa plantation in Maitum, South Cotabato owned by Kaleong Plantation Inc.;
• The 625-hectare La Carlota sugar plantation in Negros Occidental owned by Malibu Agro-Industrial Corp.;
• The 46-hectare sugar plantation in Medellin, Cebu owned by Garcona Agri-Industrial Enterprises;
• The 371-hectare mango plantation in Buenavista, Guimaras owned by AFC Agri-Business Corp.;
• The 1,603-hectare sugar plantation in Quezon, Bukidnon owned by Ozamis Agricultural Development Inc.;
• The 1,147-hectare sugar plantation in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental owned by 12 Colored Corp.;
• The 638-hectare sugar plantation in Canlaon City, Negros Occidental owned by Valmayor Hermanos Inc.; and
• The 744-hectare sugar plantation in San Jose, Negros Occidental owned by San Jose Sugar Development Corp.
"The President has stated categorically that there will be no SDO scheme under her administration. She made it clear that the lands should be awarded to beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the titles to be given to individual farmers," Braganza said.
He said the SDO scheme gives farm workers stock ownership rights in the company that owns the plantation. Under this, he said, the landlord basically keeps the title.
Braganza added that this type of private landholding is the most contentious and difficult to distribute under CARP due to resistance from landowners.
Recently, the President said the DAR should step up its efforts to put this type of private farmlands under compulsory acquisition instead of relying on voluntary offers to sell.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
2002 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS
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