1 killed, 2 injured during demolition in MisOr town

LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 4 Dec) – One was killed while two others were injured here today when policemen clashed with homeowners whose houses were being demolished on the strength of a Supreme Court order.

HIGHWAY REOPENS. Buses and other vehicles move after the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Highway was reopened. The highway was briefly closed following a clash between the police and squatters morning of Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013. One person was killed while two others were injured when squatters tried to prevent police officers from demolishing their houses. MindaNewsphoto by Froilan Gallardo

HIGHWAY REOPENS. Buses and other vehicles move after the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Highway was reopened. The highway was briefly closed following a clash between the police and squatters morning of Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013. One person was killed while two others were injured when squatters tried to prevent police officers from demolishing their houses. MindaNewsphoto by Froilan Gallardo

The clash, and the ensuing negotiations conducted in the middle of the Cagayan de Oro – Iligan highway, halted traffic, stranding hundreds of commuters.

The highway was eventually reopened late afternoon Wednesday after Gov. Yevgeney Emano negotiated with the court sheriff and police to stand down the demolition of houses in the Achondoa Agro-industrial Corporation here.

Police clashed with homeowners in the morning as the former started tearing down the houses. A total of 240 houses in Barangays Kalangahan and Biga were supposed to be demolished.

One homeowner identified as Nickson Tungao died while undergoing treatment at the Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital in neighboring Iligan City. Emano said two other homeowners were also treated in Iligan City for gunshot wounds.

Police fired tear gas at the homeowners who fought back with stones when demolition teams started to go near their houses.

The demolition order was carried out by Court Sheriff Norberto Labis on the strength of a Supreme Court order denying the petition of the homeowners to the 40-hectare property in Barangays Kalangahan and Biga.

Emano said he asked Sheriff Labis to delay the demolition until he can inspect the relocation site where the affected homeowners would be transferred.

“I have appealed for their compassion and not try to force the demolition,” Emano said.

Gina Lobguban, vice chair of the Alyansa ng mga Biktima sa Demolisyon sa Barangay Kalangahan, said they did not like the relocation site given to them because it is located in the mountains.

“Our families are all fishermen. What will we do for a living in the mountains?” Lobguban said.

Lobguban accused the police of firing the guns that killed Tungao and wounded two of their companions.

Emano said the negotiations will continue Thursday morning.

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  • Kalangahanbiga

    News failed to mention that protesters first threw large corals at the policemen. 3 policemen in the hospital. News failed to mention that women and children lay diwn on the streets as human barricade. The protester that was shot was attempting to throw dynamite. The land is titled. Informal settlers were offered to buy the land before court cases but refused to buy. They were provided relocation but refused to accept. They were previously evicted but returned with violence. They have been indoctrinated by anak-pawis to fight for a right that does not exist, and resort to violence. These people are victims not by demolition but by professional squatters who sold them rights, by swindlers who made false surveys and fake land titles, by a denr employee who assured them they could acquire the foreshore, by their lawyer who did not report to them the whole truth what happened to their case before the sc, by anak-pawis who exploited them into violence.

    • Nonoy

      Now, this puts the story in a whole new perspective!

  • Kalangahanbiga

    Over the past months, people here have been acting like crazy. They have threatened the lives of other people, taken possession of every fruit of the land, and defied the valid order of the court. They face criminal charges in court for grave threats and qualified theft, aside from contempt of court charges. They expect the lgu to give them a relocation site as good as what they are occupying now, but how can that be as no such land exist. Yet they refused donations given by the mayor and have even burnt a coffin in front of the municipal hall in protest. They claim to be dirt poor, yet could afford to rebuild their houses after demolition. Why not just build houses in the idenfied relocation area, and not in someone else land?

  • Kalangahanbiga

    To say every one of the protester ia a fishetman is a lie. The sea is not rich enough to support all of them. Most of them have areas in the mountains, and have livelihood elsewhere. They chose that land because it is “hayahay”.

  • Kalangahanbiga

    …and by the way, one of the injured policeman is still in a coma.He was hit by a bullet from a carbine. This policeman was unarmed as he was there only with a shield for crowd dispersal.

  • kalangahanbiga

    and just to add on the lie that of them are fishermen, even their president Jovito Jabagat is not one. He is working in fort steel as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator. With all this happening though…he may just want to go fishing

  • kalangahanbiga

    and just to add on the lie that of them are fishermen, even their president Jovito Jabagat is not one. He is working in fort steel as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator. With all this happening though…he may just want to go fishing

  • kalangahanbiga

    and just to add on the lie that of them are fishermen, even their president Jovito Jabagat is not one. He is working in fort steel as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator. With all this happening though…he may just want to go fishing

  • kalangahanbiga

    and just to add on the lie that of them are fishermen, even their president Jovito Jabagat is not one. He is working in fort steel as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator. With all this happening though…he may just want to go fishing

  • kalangahanbiga

    and just to add on the lie that of them are fishermen, even their president Jovito Jabagat is not one. He is working in fort steel as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator. With all this happening though…he may just want to go fishing