At Poblacion Gitagum, Misamis Oriental

Demolilshing homes of the fisherfolks

 

May 26, 2011

 

 

■  Barricades against landgrabbing

 

■  Barricades against demolition at Corazon de Jesus, San Juan, Metro Manila

 

■  Barricades against the fascism of state security forces at UP Diliman in 1971 

 

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Photos courtesy of KMP-NMR (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas - Northern Mindanao)
           
     

 

KilusangMagbubukidngPilipinas
Northern Mindanao
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Press Release
May 26, 2011

The struggle against the Demolition of fisher folks in Poblacion Gitagum, Misamis Oriental

The loud scream and weep of agony filled the air early this morning, about 9 o’clock in PoblacionGitagum, Misamis Oriental when the demolition team led by Chief of Police Norberto Labis with an estimated number of 40 policemen strangled the dwellers and destroyed the houses. Blood and tears spilled after the local police officers ruthlessly beat the people.


Joel Saplot, Kasamahan ng Mangingisda sa Poblacion Gitagum at Operators (KASAMAPO) chair along with Fernando Oraiz Sr., his son Fernando Oraiz Jr., Juanie Oraiz and Adoracion Oraiz were detained at the Gitagum local police station after the victims defended their homes.
 

About 7 families were demolished and there are still pending ones. Last May 5 this year, the said demolition team notified the settlers to leave the place because it is a private property owned by a certain Velasco in Purok 1, and Mela-or and Haag Corporation and Florentino Magsacay in Purok 3.


But KASAMAPO and the local dwellers fearlessly fought for their rights and firmly assert that they will never leave the place – their home and their source of living.
 

As of press time, the demolition team already cleared the place while the local settlers moved their ruined houses and things near the shore.

JUSTICE AMONG THE VICTIMS OF DEMOLITION!
STOP THE DEMOLITION!
DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF THE FISHER FOLKS!

For reference:
Richard Colao
Secretary General, KMP NMR
09153347924

     
           
     
     
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From a Facebook account

 

In a telephone interview with philstar.com, Richard Colao, secretary-general of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas – Northern Mindanao, said some 40 policemen strangled the dwellers and destroyed their houses after the residents refused to leave their homes.

 

 

Misamis Oriental residents hurt in demolition activity » Nation » Article

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Several coastal residents of Gitagum town cried foul over the local police's forced demolition this morning.

 

 

 

Joel Saplot, Kasamahan ng Mangingisda sa Poblacion Gitagum at Operators (KASAMAPO) chair along with Fernando Oraiz Sr., his son Fernando Oraiz Jr., Juanie Oraiz and Adoracion Oraiz were detained at the Gitagum local police station after the victims defended their homes.

           

 

Nanay Adoracion, from her piece of land to jail
MLD for AMIHAN Northern Mindanao Region

“I only wanted to put away the bolo that my son threw on the sand, but they misunderstood my gesture and handcuffed me,”said Adoracion Oraiz, the only woman who was jailed for allegedly (assaulting) the policemen who escorted the demolition team sent to their fishing community.

Adoracion, 64 years old, is the second oldest in the group of detainees – next only to her husband. She was bewildered when she learned of the charges against her. “Sure I also threw some sand on a police officer’s face but who wouldn’t? He was going up my son’s house,” she said. “Besides, his eyes were covered with sunglasses.”

Forty policemen, headed by Chief of Police Emmanuel Jaraula, accompanied the demolition team which arrived at the Poblacion of Gitagum, a coastal town in Misamis Oriental at 9:00 in the morning of May 26 to demolish residences in Purok 1 and Purok 3.On May 5 this year, the said demolition team notified the settlers to leave the place because Purok 1 was supposedly a private property owned by a certain Velasco and Purok 3 by Mela-or and Haag Corporation and FlorentinoMagsacay.About seven homes were demolished, including the home of Adoracion and her two sons’.

Born in the city of El Salvador, then a municipality, Adoracion Oraiz relocated to Opol when she married a fisherman. They had five children four of them male and only one was female.

Opol, the first municipality right after a major urban hub, Cagayan de Oro City, eventually became too crowded for the fisherfolks. “Fish was abundant back then,” Adoracion said. “But then, many fishing vessels bigger than ours came along. Competition over the fishes was already tough. And then a dock was put up in the municipality. All the catch from the neighboring municipalities were unloaded there. How could we survive?”
 


Knowing no other livelihood except fishing, she and her husband decided to leave their previous home to look for better conditions. And that was when they thought to settle in Gitagum – or just Tagum as how they would refer to their new residence. They knew of the place from previous fishing trips when they had to go as far as five municipalities away from their home to avoid the motorized boats of the other fishermen.

“When we first came to Tagum, my eldest child then having just stepped into his teens, we just slept on a mat laid on the beach,” Adoracion said, recalling their experience more than two decades ago. “In the morning, we would fold it up and put it aside along with our meager possessions. Then I would go to the center of the municipality to sell my husband’s catch.”

Gradually, they were able to set up a simple hut made of cheap wood and corrugated iron sheets. When her children married, they moved out of their house but set up similar shanties nearby. “We put up our homes on the beach – very near the water,” Adoracion explained. “The area was clearly public land and not owned by the present claimants who are now driving us away.”

AMIHAN Northern Mindanao , actively organizing women farmers and fisherfolks in the municipality of Gitagum, learned of their predicament barely a month ago. In a short time, the organization hosted exposure trips to the area for students who were interested to learn more about the life of a fishing community. Having just started their campaign to promote the community’s basic right to decent shelter, the news of the demolition came as an unexpected turnabout of events.

“We know that the women are twice more burdened in demolitions such as these,” said Ella Sequina of AMIHAN. “Their basic instinct is to make the situation easier for their children, for their grandchildren – for their entire family, even if they themselves have to sacrifice more.”

True enough, the pressing thoughts of Adoracion in the provincial jail was of her 3-year-old grandchild left to her by her son who got separated from his wife. “She wouldn’t eat if I am not with her,” she said, looking at the distant barbed wires. “And she cries at night when I’m not beside her.”

But still not losing hope, Adoracion brushed away her anxieties, believing that she would return to her community – albeit torn down and in shambles – and see her children and grandchildren again. And like the doting mother and loyal partner whose strength belies her years, she picked up the washed plates that she and her visitors had used and went back to her cell just as the jailguard rang the bell to signal the end of visiting period.

           
           
           
           
           

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BARIKADA: PANLABAN NG MAMAMAYAN NG SAN PEDRO SA LAND GRABBING NI MAYOR CATAQUIZ
26/05/2011
PRESS RELEASE MAYO 26, 2011

BARIKADA: PANLABAN NG MAMAMAYAN NG SAN PEDRO
SA LAND GRABBING NI MAYOR CATAQUIZ

SAN PEDRO, LAGUNA— Ngayong araw, Mayo 26, nasa gitna ng malaking banta ng palayasin ang mga mamamayang ng Villa Rosa Homes Brgy Estrella , San Pedro Laguna ng mismong punonglungsod na si Calixto Cataquiz at bilang tugon dito magtatayo ang mga mamamayan ng San Pedro ng barikada para pigilan ang bantang ito.

Sa pahayag ni Mulong Jallores, tagapagsalita ng Katipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap- Laguna (KADAMAY-Laguna) sinasabi nitong iligal ang gagawing pagpapaalis sa mga residenteng ito. “Nagbabayad ang mga residente sa debeloper, mayroong mga resibo at katibayan , kung kaya iligal at hindi makatarungan ang gagawing pagpalayas ni Mayor Cataquiz sa mga mamamayan. “ ani Jallores.

“Kung kaya manininindigan ngayon ang mga residente at makiki-isa ang mga mamamayan ng San Pedro sa barikada, bilang ito ang nakikita naming, mga simpleng mamamayan na ang aming kolektibong lakas ang tiyak naming masasandigan lalo na at nasa kapangyarihan ang nang-aapi sa amin.” Dadag pa ni Jallores.

”Nakiki-isa ang Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Timog Katagalugan (BAYAN-TK) sa mga residente ng Villa Rosa Homes, kasabay ng ating pagkundena dito sa ginagawang land-grabbing ni Mayor Cataquiz. Malinaw na ginagamit nitong si Cataquiz ang kanyang kapangyarihan upang ang mamamayan ay itaboy at maisulong nito ang mga pansariling interes” Ito ang pahayag ni xL Fuentes, tagapagsalita ng BAYAN-TK.

“Hindi hiwalay ang nagaganap na land-grabbing sa San Pedro na ginagawa ng mga nasa kapangyarihan tulad ni Mayor Cataquiz, hindi ito hiwalay doon sa ginawa ni dating gobernadorang si Ningning Lazaro sa mga mamamayan ng Parian, Calamba, at lalong hindi rin ito hiwalay sa ginagawa ng Pangulong Noy-noy Aquino na pagkakait ng lupa sa mga mamamayan ng Hacienda Luisita. Habang ganito ang kairalan ng lipunan at ganito ang ginagawa ng mga nasa kapangyarihan, hindi titigil ang mga mamamayan sa paglaban” pagwawakas ni Fuentes. ###st

References: XL Fuentes, Spokesperson, BAYAN-TK
0927-8066-248

 

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