Exec denies hand in demolition row

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Monday, August 4, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A village chief here reiterated on Friday that they did not participate at the meeting of the farmers regarding the ongoing demolition operations at the Barangay Maimpis, this city.

Salvador Moya, counsel of property claimant lawyer Eligio Mallari, said Maimpis barangay captain Romeo Dizon urged the farmers to enter the premises of the demolition site, which resulted to a shooting incident.

Last July 28, five farmers were allegedly shot by several security guards from the Great Star Security Inc., which was hired by Mallari to secure the demolition premises.

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Moya downplayed the allegations and instead blamed Dizon for heading a forced entry try into the disputed farmland.

"Why is Barangay Captain Romeo Dizon leading the farmers' group to enforce themselves to get into the perimeter?" asked Moya in reference to the recent shooting incident.

But the accusation, Dizon said, "is not true." He cited his recorded conversation with Sheriff Angelito Domingo in which he was asked to urge the farmers not to enter the disputed farmland in order to avoid any violent confrontations.

Dizon added that he fully respects and supports the decision of the court.

"We cannot defy the court order regarding the disputed land. The barangay council, especially me, however, is responsible for keeping peace and order in the village. We are only investigating based on the reports that are reaching our office," said Dizon.

Dizon still believes that the two sides must further talk about the issue in order to mitigate the growing tension between them.

"In my opinion, both sides must negotiate. You can’t expect the farmers to just nod and agree when you are allegedly trying to own everything," said Dizon.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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