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Delegates to the 2nd forum on the human rights data gathering of the International Solidarity Mission at Pilgrim Christian College here recently. The data gathered by the group would be shared with the Commission on Human Rights for validation. (photo by Nitz Arancon)

Capitol bars party-list congressmen, foreigners from fact-finding mission

By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
Correspondent .

THE head of a team tasked by Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano to look into the situation in Banglay, Lagonglong town, over the weekend rejected plans by party-list congressmen to join in the planned fact-finding mission.

Provincial legal officer Neil Pacana said Gabriela party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas wanted to join the fact-finding team. According to Pacana, Brosas also wanted at least three foreigners to tag along.

Pacana said ACT Teachers partylist  Rep. Antonio Tinio and Akbayan Rep. Tomasito Villarin also wanted to participate in the fact-finding mission.

“Ingon ko nga di nana mao. Lahi na na nga situation. Makagubot na na sa atong fact-finding mission. Atong fact-finding nganong namakwit mo,” said Pacana, referring to evacuees from Lagonglong that have camped out at the capitol groups.

Pacana complained: “Naa na si Congresswoman Brosas, musulod napud si Tinio, si Congressman Villarin. Ingon ko di naman ni sa bakwit nga issue.”

He said the team would only be composed of capitol officials, the lawyer and representatives of the evacuees and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente. But reporters, he said, are welcome to come.

Other members of Pacana’s team are Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Office head Fernando Dy, Provincial Social Welfare Development officer Amelia Andea, a Provincial Health Office representative.

Pacana said other groups are discouraged from coming in order to avoid friction, pointing out that only those directly affected should be part of the fact-finding mission.

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