IN TANJAY CITY
DAR installs 102 ARBs in
Polo despite protest
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
The installation of 102 agrarian reform beneficiaries in the landholdings previously owned by Polo Coconut Plantation Inc. in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, went through yesterday despite a tense situation.
Sixty policemen from the Provincial Public Safety Company, headed by Supt. Carlos Lacuesta, members of the Special Weapons and Tactics, and 30 armed troopers from the 79th Infantry Battalion based in Siaton town, secured the area as members of the Aksyon Rebolusyonaryo og Inisyatiba sa mga Binipisyaryo sa Agraryo, who claimed to be the original tillers of the hacienda, protested the activity.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Stephen Leonidas, who led the installation rite, and others in his group, were refused entry to the site by blue guards allegedly as ordered by hacienda caretaker Sheila Reyes.