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    Phl lawmaker: Probe human rights violations


    REPRESENTATIVE Fernando Hicap, who belong to the militant group of lawmakers, on Tuesday called for a joint congressional inquiry on the spate of human rights violations in Hacienda Dolores in Porac, Pampanga, Northern Philippines.
    In filing Resolution No. 734, Hicap said the House Committees on Human Rights and Agrarian Reform should dig deep into the violence perpetrated against the members of the Aniban ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan sa Hacienda Dolores (ANMHD) who till the 2,099-hectare land planted with sugarcane, rice, banana and other crops.
    "Spate of human rights violations in Hacienda Dolores bears similarities to human rights violations in Hacienda Luisita and other parts of the country wherein the farmer-victims were merely fighting for their right to own the land that they have been tilling for a long time," Hicap said.
    The lawmaker cited the death of ANMHD member Arman Padiño, the wounding of ANMHD members Noel Tumali, Jessel Orgas and Modesto Posadas and the arrest and imprisonment of ANMHD chairperson Antonio Tolentino and his son, Ener, as among the cases of human rights violation perpetrated against the farmers in Hacienda Dolores.
    According to Hicap, Padiño was killed after security guards and goons allegedly employed by Leonardo Lachenal Leonio Holdings Inc. (LHI), FL Property Management Corp. (FL Corp.) and Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) fired at him, Tumali and another ANMHD member Reynold Tumali on January 12, 2014 while they were on their way to the farm in Upper Balukbuk, Hacienda Dolores at around 4 a.m.
    Padiño died in the hospital while Noel Tumali sustained gunshot wound on his leg, Hicap said.
    He said a security guard identified as Larry Sabado fired at Tolentino, who is also the Village Captain, and some village watchmen when they arrived at the place of the incident. Tolentino tried to grab the gun from Sabado but the latter overpowered him and hit his head with the gun.
    Sabado was arrested by the village officials and brought him to Tolentino's house. Sabado, however, escaped and was allegedly fetched and brought to the hospital by the members of the Philippine National Police.

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