In the News: Filipino farmers protest Supreme Court ruling on sugar estate owned by President Aquino’s family

MANILA, Philippines—Tension gripped a demonstration by Hacienda Luisita farmers and their supporters who trooped to the Supreme Court on Wednesday to protest what they called an “anti-farmer, pro-landlord” ruling of the tribunal on a decades-old dispute over a sugar estate owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino.

Led by Anakpawis party-list Representative Rafael Mariano, about 100 protesters insisted on holding their indignation rally in front of the high court compound on Padre Faura Street in Manila before noon.

But Civil Disturbance Management personnel of the Manila Police District Station 5 set up steel barricades to block the protesters at the corner of Padre Faura and Taft Avenue.

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