Vol. XX No. 42

December 27, 2000

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Major Developments


Karapatan wants abaca prices up, Erap out

The newly-organized Karapatan-Bicol Catanduanes chapter will be concentrating on the Erap Resign movement and its bid to support Bayan Muna's campaign to get into Congress next year via the party-list system.

The chapter conducted its first provincial assembly last December 10 at the Social Action Center conference hall at the Virac Diocese compound during the celebration of Human Rights Day.

Governor Hector S. Sanchez was invited to the assembly to discuss alleged human rights violations in the province and the freefall in abaca prices that have affected the livelihood of thousands of abaca farmers in the island. However, the governor was out of the province, sending as his representatives provincial board members Edwin Tanael and Rafael Zuniega.

Aside from the abaca issue, the assembly also expressed opposition to the training of Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVO) in the barangays as well as demanded the removal of a detachment of Regional Special Action Force (RSAF) sent here after the New People's Army unit here flexed its muscles by ambushing a cop in a remote Caramoran barangay sometime in June.

The assembly also disputed the Philippine National Police's report that the NPA killed SPO1 Romeo Avila in Maysuram, Caramoran, claiming that the lawman was a victim of a misencounter with another PNP unit.

Human rights situationers were also presented by Honesto Pongan for Catanduanes, Karapatan-Legaspi's Joel Montas for the Bicol region, and TFD-Karapatan national representatives Darren Martinez and Girlie Padilla.

Elected as new officers of Karapatan-Catanduanes were Marlon A. Buenafe as chairman; Roberto V. Monterola as vice chairman (urban); Dante Yuga as vice chairman (rural); Leoncio Zuniega as treasurer; Felomino Espiritu as area coordinator for the northeast sector of Pandan, Bagamanoc, Panganiban and Viga; Charles Samonte for the northwest sector of Caramoran; Ruel Abejo and Romeo Vargas for the southwest sector of Virac and San Andres; and Levy Tabera for the southeast sector of San Miguel, Baras and Bato. The post of secretary-general has yet to be filled.


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