By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
BAGUIO CITY — Five residents opposing the entry of large-scale mining in Nueva Vizcaya were arrested last September 29.
According to a Facebook post of Karapatan-Cagayan Valley, five residents of Barangay Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya and members of Kasibu Inter-Tribal Response for Ecological Development (KIRED) & Samahang Pangkarapatan ng Katutubong Magsasaka at Manggagawa, Inc (SAPAKKMMI) were illegally arrested and sued for trumped up charges of Cases filed against them are Illegal Possession of Explosives and Ammunitions last September 29.
According to Karapatan – Cagayan Valley, the arrested residents are Marilyn Lango is a barangay treasurer of Brgy Camamasi, and Board of Director of Samahang Pangkarapatan ng Katutubong Manggagawa at Magsasaka, Inc.(SAPAKKMMI) – Camamasi. Vicente Ollagon is an incumbent Kagawad of Brgy Bilet and a member of Kasibu Inter-Tribal Response for Ecological Development (KIRED). Ferdinand Pakiwon is Joshua Hiquiana’s guardian, and is also a member of KIRED. They were supposed to go to Joshua’s sibling in Ifugao. While, Jogiemar Wayas is a church worker of Jesus is Our Shield – WorldWide Ministry. Among the detained is a minor from Brgy Billet, Kasibu.
The vehicle they were travelling on was flagged down at a checkpoint in Brgy Mabuslo, Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya by joint military and police forces. They were allegedly tagged as members of the New People’s Army.
As of press time, all of them are currently detained at the Bambang Municipal Police Station.
The detainees are from areas that are actively resisting the entree of large-scale mining operations. Their organizations and Karapatan – Cagayan Valley are seeking their immediate release and condemn the practice by military and police forces of taking advantage of their government positions and filing false charges against hapless citizens. # nordis.net