Do­mo­gan ready to an­swer CHR

Sun.Star Baguio - - Topstories - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

BAGUIO City Mayor Mau­rico DO­mo­gan is ready to an­swer Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights against al­le­ga­tion hurled by Roger Sinot.

Do­mo­gan stood pat on his stand the pools are part of the prop­erty of the city and held on to court de­ci­sions sid­ing with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment in the in­stal­la­tion of fences and pad­locks.

The mayor said the city will re­spond of the CHR re­port when it is asked adding there is no stop­ping com­plainant Sinot from writ­ing the agency.

This week, Sinot wrote CHR re­gional di­rec­tor Rom­mel Daguimol s ask­ing for the im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance of the agency to re­solve what he be­lieves is a vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights by the city gov­ern­ment for 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 of Baguio in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a court de­ci­sion in an un­law­ful de­tainer case.”

The mayor said the city has won all court cases and is merely im­ple­ment­ing its de­ci­sions.

The re­sort sits on a 4,344.23 square meter

prop­erty of the city which was leased to spouses Cat­ba­gan for 20 years or un­til 1996. Cat­ba­gan sub-leased it to for­mer man­ager Roger Sinot some­time in 1993.

In June 3, 2002, Sinot en­tered into a con­tract of lease with the city gov­ern­ment for 15 years with a monthly rental of P3,000. The con­tract of lease was not con­firmed by the City Coun­cil while the Supreme Court De­ci­sion No. G.R. 204667 dated June 10, 2013 af­firm­ing the Court of Ap­peals (CA) De­ci­sion and Res­o­lu­tion in CAG.R. SP 121692 or­der­ing Sinot to im­me­di­ately va­cate the Asin Hot Spring Re­sort and pay P5,000 monthly rental for the use and oc­cu­pa­tion thereof De­cem­ber 1996 un­til he have fi­nally va­cated the same.

Sinot in his let­ter to the CHR said the city gov­ern­ment on Novem­ber 29 sent work­ers to in­stall a con­crete fence on the very en­trance for his abode ‘Thus de­tain­ing and im­pris­on­ing those left at home and our cus­tomers who were then en­joy­ing dip­ping their bod­ies in the hot bath tub. The first gate to his prop­erty was also pad­locked to en­sure no one could get out.

Sinot is also com­plain­ing on acts of the Pub­lic Or­der and Safety Divi­sion who in­stalled the fence and bar­ri­cade say­ing it is un­law­ful and has sowed fear among the peo­ple in his Asin prop­erty.

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