WATCH | ‘Rescued’ Mindanao sacada tell their tale
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MANILA, Philippines -- They said they were promised good pay and working conditions and, in the case of several Manobo, help in claiming their ancestral lands, if they agreed to work as sacada -- migratory sugar workers -- during the harvest at Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.
What they got instead, they said, were low wages and “slave-like” working conditions until the activist Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura “rescued” them.
Here are the tales of two of the sacada from Mindanao: