MANILA, Philippines -- Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) has decided not to pursue its earlier call for Chief Justice Renato Corona to inhibit from the case and will accept whatever the Supreme Court decides.
The high court is expected to issue its final ruling on Tuesday.
Last January, HLI wanted Corona to inhibit from the case after the chief justice blamed his impeachment on the Supreme Court's decision to distribute 5,000 hectares of the hacienda to farm worker beneficiaries.
"Nag-iisa lang naman siya, hindi naman siya lang ang Supreme Court. Bilang institusyon, ipaglalaban nila ‘yung kanilang integridad,” said HLI’s lawyer Antonio Ligon.
HLI is also hoping that the tension between Malacañang and the Supreme Court will not influence the latter's decision on the property of the president's family.
“Sa katotohanan ‘yung hacienda Luisita, katulad ng sinasabi ng marami ay collateral damage lang,” said Ligon.
Farm worker beneficiaries, on the other hand, are expecting the magistrates to affirm their decision last year to redistribute the land, and not allow themselves to be pressured by Malacañang.
"Dapat hindi matakot ang mga justice ng Supreme Court na magdesiyon kung ano ang tama at ano 'yung naayon sa batas,” said Atty. Jobert Pahilga.