Dialogue to help eliminate human rights violations
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, August 2 (PIA) – Some 60 individuals attended the dialogue on “Human Rights Violations, Harassment, and Injustices” held recently at St. Isidore Church, Salcedo, Eastern Samar.
According to Ian Mosquesa, director of Diocesan Commission on Social Action – Justice and Peace, the dialogue aimed at organizing a fact-finding task force to investigate human rights violations that had happened in the locality in the recent past, connected to mining operations.
One reported victim of human rights violation was Francisco Canayong of Salcedo, E. Samar who was hacked to death on May, 1 on his way home.
Reports say Canayong was an active member of the Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD), a church-based non-government organization headed by the three bishops of of Eastern, Western, and Northern Samar provinces, which strongly supports peace efforts and environmental protection.
Mosquisa said Canayong supported the people in his community who were against mining operations, unknowing that he had to pay with his life. His case became the main issue in the dialogue held.
Meanwhile, the dialogue ended in the creation of Stakeholders Monitoring Team pending the creation of a Task Force that will probe the killing of Canayong.
Carmelita Sumayod, Salcedo mayor, heads the monitoring team with the following members: Atty. Paquito Nacino, regional director of CHR-8; Atty. Jovan Aboga-a of the provincial legal office; Dante Operario of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB); Police Inspector Marino Estonio, PNP-Salcedo; Rev. Fr. Juderick Calumpiano; and Ian Mosquesa of Diocesan Commision on Social Action, Borongan City and a representative from Philippine Misereor Partnership Incorporated (PMPI-Manila).
Primarily, the team will monitor any human right violation in the six barangays of Salcedo town: barangays Carapdapan, Naparaan, Cagaut, Cantomaja, Palanas, and Camanga.
In August 17 a follow-up dialogue is set with the main objective of creating Task Force “Mano Ansing.”
Present during the dialogue were the municipal mayor of Salcedo; representatives from the provincial legal office, PNP-Salcedo, CHR-8, DSWD, MGB-8; SB member Francisco Conag, barangay heads of barangays Carapdapan, Naparaan, Cagaut, Cantomaja, Palanas; and Camanga; ASIA Forum-(Human Rights Center-Manila); HarIbon Foundation-(Manila); PMPI-Manila; Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)-National Secretariat of Social Action (NASSA-Manila); Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDF-Manila); Medical Action Group (MDG-Manila); CBCP-NASSA-Catarman; CBCP-NASSA-Palo, Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs (EVNET); Diocesan Commission on Social Action –Borongan City; parish priests of Sulangan, Homonhon, Guiuan, and Salcedo; DYBE, NET 25, DYDW, Radyo Bombo, PIA, and barangay officials.
The dialogue was organized by Diocesan Commision on Social Action – Justice and Peace headed by its Chairman, Rev. Fr. Juderick Calumpiano. (SDC-PIA 8, E. Samar)
Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.