1 killed, 3 hurt in Porac

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014


PORAC — A member of the Aniban ng Nakakaisang Mamamayan ng Hacienda Dolores (Aniban) was reportedly killed and three others were injured in a clash over the disputed land in Barangay Hacienda Dolores here over the weekend.

The Regional Police Information Office said a shooting incident happened at Sitio Balokbok in Barangay Hacienda, Dolores around 4 a.m. Sunday.

A village chief, security guard of LLL Holdings, and another farmer were also injured.

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Police identified the victims as Noel Tumali, 40, and Arman Padinio, both Aniban Members, and Barangay Captain Antonio Tolentino.

Police said a group of Aniban farmers composed of more or less 30 individuals arrived at the place but were prevented to enter.

The said group allegedly refused to comply with the order of the on-duty guard Reygie Tolentino. The guard then informed his Security Officer Larry Sancho and a few minutes later, members of LLL Holdings security arrived.

A commotion ensued between security personnel of LLL Holdings and Aniban members that resulted in the shooting.

Tumali sustained a gunshot wound on his left pelvis and Padinio sustained a gunshot wound on his left temple. They were rushed to Jose B. Lingad Hospital in the City of San Fernando, where Padinio had reportedly expired.

Tolentino sustained slight injuries on the eyebrow and was treated at Jose Songco Lapid District Hospital in this town.

LLL Holdings security guard Larry Sabado sustained hacked wounds on his head and hand. He was also brought to Jose Songco Lapid District Hospital.

The shooting was allegedly perpetrated by security guards Fernando Devera and Elorde Sagun, both from LLL Holdings. Police recovered from Devera an Armscor shotgun and ammunitions.

Farmers from Barangay Hacienda Dolores are protesting the 700-hectare contested land allegedly owned by the corporations inside the village.
The unrest started when the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) issued an order exempting the LLL and FL landholdings from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) coverage in 2005.

The huge agricultural land in Hacienda Dolores was exempted by the DAR regional office after LLL Holdings Incorporated (LLHI) and FL Land Holdings (FLLH) showed titles of the land.

LLHI claimed about 298 hectares of the land, while FLLH claimed the other 456 hectares. Aside from the land titles, landowners also said 80 percent of the land was not yet developed due to its 18-degree slope measure, which they said, according to the law, is automatically exempted from the Carp.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 14, 2014.

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