Sinot seeks CHR help for Asin

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

ROGER Sinot has sought help from the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights on is­sue sur­round­ing a par­cel of land in Asin in Tuba, Ben-


In a let­ter of CHR re­gional di­rec­tor Rom­mel Daguimol, Sinot is ask­ing for the im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance of the agency to re­solve what he be­lieves is a vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights by the City Govern­ment of Baguio for the act of pad­lock­ing en­trances in the con­tested Asin prop­erty.

Sinot im­plored to the CHR as­sis­tance to what he de­scribed as “in­hu­man and op­pres­sive acts of the city govern­ment in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a court de­ci­sion in an un­law­ful de­tainer case.”

Sinot said only the CHR can help him to stop ‘the very pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tial city govern­ment from in­trud­ing into our pri­vate prop­erty in Asin, Tuba, Benguet. The con­crete bar­ri­cade they in­stalled and the gate they pad­locked are both found in our prop­erty and so this is re­ally an un­fath­omable dis­re­gard of hu­man rights.”

Sinot added Baguio City on Novem­ber 29 sent work­ers to in­stall a con­crete fence on the very en­trance for his res­i­dence “thus de­tain­ing and im­pris­on­ing those left at home and cus­tomers who were then en­joy­ing dip­ping their bod­ies in the hot bath tub. The first gate to our prop­erty was also pad­locked to en­sure no one could get out.”

He is also com­plain­ing on acts of the city’s Pub­lic Or­der and Safety Di­vi­sion (POSD) who in­stalled the fence and bar­ri­cade say­ing it is un­law­ful and has sowed fear among the peo­ple in his Asin prop­erty.

The city and Sinot has been in a le­gal bat­tle on the Asin prop­erty for decades.

Last year, the city im­ple­mented the evic­tion or­der against Sinot over the city-owned prop­erty but it was learned he is still al­legedly ben­e­fit­ting from the op­er­a­tion of the city-owned swim­ming pool, thus, the need to im­ple­ment the fenc­ing of the prop­erty and the even­tual award of the man­age­ment of the swim­ming pool to a part­ner that will guar­an­tee the pro­tec­tion of its rights in the area.

The city is bent on in­vok­ing its rights over the Asin prop­erty be­cause it is one of its po­ten­tial in­come-gen­er­at­ing projects as added source of in­ter­nally gen­er­ated funds for devel­op­ment projects and im­proved de­liv­ery of ba­sic ser­vices to the city con­stituents now and in the fu­ture.

Pre­vi­ously, Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tuba is aware the prop­erty is owned by the city which has been made pub­lic since it was de­vel­oped and im­proved and leased to Sinot.

Do­mo­gan made a litany of cases filed and won by the city over Sinot’s claim and said the courts have ruled with fi­nal­ity, with the last case for the eject­ment of Sinot from the prop­erty.

Do­mo­gan added de­spite the le­gal­i­ties, Sinot con­tin­ued to op­er­ate and oc­cupy the sites which forced the city to fence the area last week to for­tify ex­ist­ing fences in the area.

Last year, the fences were al­legedly taken down by Sinot.

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