HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 838 ON THE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF GILBERT BANCAT, FARMER-LEADER IN HACIENDA UY, QUEZON PROVINCE

House Resolution No. 838 on the Extra-judicial Killing of a Gilbert Bancat, farmer-leader in Hacienda Uy, Quezon province.House Resolution No. 838 on the Extra-judicial Killing of a Gilbert Bancat, farmer-leader in Hacienda Uy, Quezon province.

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
First Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 838

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEES ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND AGRARIAN REFORM TO CONDUCT A JOINT INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE FEBRUARY 25, 2017 – EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLING OF GILBERT BANCAT, PEASANT LEADER OF PINAGKAISANG LAKAS NG MGA MAGBUBUKID SA QUEZON (PIGLAS QUEZON) IN HACIENDA UY, AND FARMER ANGEL CARABOT IN BARANGAY SAN LORENZO, SAN ANDRES TOWN, QUEZON PROVINCE

WHEREAS, on February 25, 2017, Gilbert Rosima Bancat, 32 years old, a farmer-resident of Sitio Kawayan, Barangay Camflora, San Andres, Quezon and a leader of a local farmers organization affiliated with Pinag-isang Lakas ng Magbubukid sa Quezon (PIGLAS-Quezon), Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA – TK) and Anakpawis Partylist, was killed by an unidentified man in Sitio Long Beach, Barangay San Lorenzo, San Andres town, Quezon province;

WHEREAS, according to Karapatan – Quezon human rights group, Bancat was shot twice by the suspect wearing a black jacket and a ballcap who used a .45 caliber handgun; the victim was rushed to the Poblacion Center who was in a critical condition, and at around 5pm, he was declared dead;

WHEREAS, a bystander, a farmer Angel Carabot was also hurt by the attack and was brought to Lucena Hospital but died the next day, February 26;

WHEREAS, KASAMA – TK said that the victim was a staunch defender of their rights to land against the land grabbing and displacement effort of Dr. Vicente Uy, owner of Hacienda Uy in Barangay Camflora, San Andres, Quezon;

WHEREAS, there are 300 farmer families claiming the 349.9 hectares of agricultural land against Hacienda Uy that have developed the land since 1950s;

WHEREAS, the farmers were demanding its coverage for land distribution as early as 1995, but the landowner strongly opposed it; they again attempted in 2014, but the landowner retaliated by harassing them such as barring them from working on their farms, cultivating other crops and raising livestock;

WHEREAS, as protest, farmers held mass actions last month, where the victim, Bancat actively participated in their protest camp and dialogue last January 2017 in Quezon;

WHEREAS, as per consultation with KASAMA – TK, last January 17, 2017, this representation and Makabayan Coalition lawmakers filed a House Resolution No. 681 in related to the abuses of Hacienda Uy entitled “Resolution Directing the House Committee on Agrarian Reform and Human Rights to conduct a Joint Investigation, In Aid of Legislation, on the Abuses against Farmers in Hacienda, Municipality of San Andres, Quezon Province;”

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committees on Human Rights and Agrarian Reform to conduct a joint inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the February 25, 2017 – Extra-Judicial Killing of Gilbert Rosima Bancat, peasant leader of PIGLAS – QUEZON in Hacienda Uy, and farmer Angel Carabot in Barangay San Lorenzo, San Andres town, Quezon province.

Adopted,

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