Philippines: People’s water system in Misamis Oriental destroyed by Army troops

September 1, 2010

The National Democratic Front-North Central Mindanao (NDF-NCM) today denounced the Philippine Army’s 8th IB and the 4th ID’s Division Reconnaisance Company (DRC) for the destruction of the local water system in Sitio Salahon, Barangay Alipuaton, Salay, Misamis Oriental last August 13.

According to Cesar Renerio, NDF-NCMR spokesperson, the people of Salahon are outraged at the destruction of the water system by the fascist troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The water system was built by the people on their own initiative after the local government consistently ignored the appeal of the residents. Sourced from a source two kilometers from their sitio, the people labored to bring water to their households using bamboo trunks as pipes.

The destruction of the water system has caused great difficulty and disruption in the lives of the people of Sitio Salahon. The people demand the Army to pay for the damages they have caused and the punishment of the responsible officers, Renerio added.

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