Part 1: Cojuangco Wealth
1899- Philippine-American War
General Antonio Luna transported the wealth of the revolution. Millions worth of Gold and Silver coins from Ilocos treasury* and Governor of Pampanga to a single specific place in Paniqui, Tarlac, the home of his girlfriend Ysidra Cojuangco. After 3 days, General Luna was assassinated by Aguinaldo officers. Gold treasures of the first Philippine Republic suddenly, disappeared. Even the American forces couldn't find it. And so, in 1990, Ysidra Cojuanco became one of the richest women in the Philippines. Central Luzon is forever changed. Ysidra's brother has 4 sons, they will inherit the vast Cojuangco fortune, Philippine's most powerful and influential family. And this how it all began...
Money lent to farmers, land as collateral. If farmers can't pay, farmland taken away. One by one, farmland became Cojuanco property: Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan. Cojuangco landholdings increased dramatically.
1920's Ysidra helped establish Paniqui Sugar Mills, Finance and Mining Investments Corporation, Philippine Bank of Commerce. By 1930's the Cojuangco are the biggest land-owning clan in Central Luzon, owning 12,000 hectares of land. Controlling the rich trade of the entire province of Tarlac. But it wasn't enough, the father of the 4 boys, Melecio Cojuangco ran for congress and all other Cojuangcos. One of the boys has a daughter, Cory. She married the son of another Tarlac congressman, Ninoy. Two powerful families of Tarlac bacame one.
Part 2: Hacienda Luisita
Tabacalera Spanish Company- World's oldest tobacco company. Wanted to sell the Azucarera in Tarlac. Due to Hukbalahap rebel problems, powerful Lopez family wanted to buy. But President Ramon Magsaysay offered the sale of Azucarera to Cory's father, to him alone. Philippine Government agreed to loan Cojuangco dollars to purchase Azucarera. But with 2 important conditions... 1. Along with the Azucarera Sugar Mill, Cojuangco must purchase the surroundings farmlands known as Hacienda Luisita. 2. After 10 years, the 6,400 hectares Hacienda Luisita must be given ti its small farmers. 1958 Cojuangco's Tarlac development corporation, the new owner of Azucarera and Hacienda Luisita (Ninoy as first administrator).
And in 1968, ten years after, no land was made available to any tenant, farmers or sugar planter in Hacienda Luisita. Hacienda Luisita workers formed union asked for land distribution, no lands more distributed. 1980 after 11 years of follow-ups by Marcos government, no land still. Marcos government filled case versus Cojuangcos, but Cory junked the case when she became president. 1986 Cory swept into power. People power was 2% of the Philippine population (55,895,000 Filipinos during 1986. Only 2-3 million attended People Power.) January 1987- Mendiola Massacre, Cory's government forces opened fire. 13 farmers dead, 39 gunfire injuries. February 1987- Lupao Massacre, Cory's government forces killed 17 farmers. 6 children dead, 2 elders dead. March 1987, Cory unleashed sword of war. Total war against rebels staggering amount of civilian casualties. More than 100 vigilante groups hired by Cory's government. Groups like the ruthless Alsa Masa and the notorious tadtad cult.
During Cory's term 1986-1992. 816 desaparecidos, 135 cases of massacres. 1,064 victims of summary executions. 20,523 victims of illegal arrests and detention. 1,200,000 civilian dislocations.
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Utter lack of common sense by the ordinary Filipino citizen is brought about by years of government practice of dumbing down the masses in order to sway their VOTES to their favor. This leads to massive decline of intelligence, morality and dignity of the people, while media create demons to blame for this social decay. ABSCBN(Lopez) and INQUIRER(Belmonte) are owned by allies of the Aquino-Cojuangco families. These media outfits are directly responsible in corrupting the minds of the viewers.
Ysidra Cojuangco and the treasures of the First Philippine Republic -Henry Tiu-Laurel. Ambassador Rafaelita Hilrio Soriano. Larry Henares. Isabelo Crisostomo, Cory's biographer.
Violations of human rights during Cory Aquino's term - Task Force Detainees of the Philippines