TRINIDAD, Bohol – The municipal government officials here were unaware of the military plan to set up a camp that is strongly opposed by the militant Trinidad and Talibon Farmers Association (TITFA), an organization-member of the Hugpong sa Mag-uumang bol-anon, an affiliate of the nationalist Kilusang Magbubukid nga Pilipinas (KMP). Humanbol leader Danilo Olayvar in an exclusive interview with DYTR yesterday said that officials here appeared to be not consulted because they were uniformed.
He said that until now the municipal council has yet to decide whether to give an imprimatur to the setting up of Special Forces (SF) detachment in barangay San Vicente of this town. And contrary to the report, the town officials have yet to decide of the camp.
And despite this development, the military went ahead in constructing the camp in the land that is under the agrarian program.
But they very well know that the intent of the military in putting up a camp in a populated area is none other than to dismantle the farmer’s organization under Humabol, which is already 30 years old since its inception in 1984, Olayvar said.
The SF camp based in Pilar town would be transferred here once the said camp is completed in a three hectare land.
Asked if there’s a need to put up a military-type detachment in the barangay, Olayvar said in the negative, adding that once the military camp is in place, it’s likely that there would be problems unlike before when there was no military camp the barangay is peaceful.
But he admitted that the barangay officials favoured the camp construction. Only purok 7 annex, which is the bailiwick of the Humabol, opposed it.
He said that nearby barangay Poblacion is vehemently against it (camp), because of the past experience of military abuses.
He alleged that the province promised to buy the lot where the camp is to be constructed but the provincial government failed to pay until this time.
The interview took place during the farmers march-rally to ventilate their opposition to the camp. It was held infront of the public market in this town led by Mayor Judith del Rosario-Cajes and Vice-Mayor Frank Gonzales. (rvo)