CHR Bicol debunks HR violation findings by own investigators; What happened?: Farmers | BICOL TODAY

CHR Bicol debunks HR violation findings by own investigators; What happened?: Farmers

Nogas is showing important documents that his group is legitimate and has the right to their own livelihood. PHOTO BY ELMER JAMES BANDOL / BICOLTODAY.COM


By Elmer James Bandol

LEGAZPI CITY – – – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) regional office here has humiliated the findings of its own investigators about human rights violations against employees of a giant mining firm in Aroroy, Masbate, raising a howl of protest by aggrieved farmers asking a 64 dollar question: “what happened?”.
“What happened,” said Michael Delfin Nogas, president of the Provincial Land Reform Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc.(PLRFMPCI), and complainant for deprivation of liberty & security with illegal detention against respondents: Luciano Gaboy; Estercasio Oimentel, Jr., & Rolando Cleofas, Jr, all employees of Filminera Resources Corporation.
Being questioned and protested is about the resolution under case CHR-V-2015-0350 penned by CHR lawyer Lorrain Ampongan-Marcaida saying that “acts of the respondents were justified” and decided further that the case be closed and terminated as “no human rights violations were committed.
When asked by news on how the CHR conducts resolution of human rights violation cases, Marcaida said based on “substantial evidence sufficient to convince that indeed human rights are violated”. 
CHR Investigators, Reynaldo A. Matocinos & Stephen B. Pega who traveled to Sitio Boston, Barangay Capsay, Aroroy town, interviewed complainant-farmers that showed them documents and map; relocation survey plan for small-scale mining filed with Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) together with pertinent documents.
Their findings include that: five complainants who were detained at Camp Bony Serrano in Masbate City, three of them are still detained, thus illegal arrest; deprivation of livelihood and damage to property of small-scale miners were noted with photos and video taken during the time when employees of Filminera swoop down the area of farmers allegedly with “cease & desist order” from MGB Dir. Danilo Molina.
Molina’s order became controversial as it has no specific area mentioned and handed the same to Filminera under the pretext that the small-scale mining area of farmers is covered by its mining application permit which was debunked by farmers.  
Making things worst, the mining firm employees who were not deputized by MGB implemented said order by arresting the farmers and destroyed everything in their sight as shown by video and photos preserved by the complainants.
 According to Nogas, they have been mining a 20-hectare land in Barangay Capsay since 1983 and when their cooperative was organized, they applied permit at the MGB but it was passed on to the PMRB which until now still non-functional.
CHR Investigators, however, found out that the demolition of shanties and mining tunnels of the coop miners were done by security forces of Filminera and not by deputized government forces in the area. They believed that the cooperative has the right to mine the area while a permit is still pending before MGB under Section 23 of the Small Scale Mining Law. []

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