Bu-lat-lat (boo-lat-lat) verb: to search, probe, investigate, inquire; to unearth facts
Volume 2, Number 34 September 29 - October 5, 2002 Quezon City, Philippines
Rejoinder to PNOC
welcome and appreciate the commentary of Mr. Leonardo M. Ote, Environment and
External Relations Manager of PNOC.
is because of our adherence to the standards and ethics of journalism that
reactions like yours are always given due regard, warrant publication in our
magazine, and even shared among the people we have talked to on the subject
believe we have presented fairly the facts in project site, the sentiments,
anxieties, opinions of the people, the contractual workers, including PNOC
people in the area, Barangay Captain Torres, 11th IB troopers and
CAFGUs detailed in the project site. Two of our research staff, along with some
local media representatives, joined the two-day fact-finding mission initiated
by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Negros, Rural Missionaries of the
Philippines, Agham Manila, Diocese of Bacolod, and several other organizations.
only reported and analyzed the events and circumstances as they happened. If our
reporting appeared to be critical of PNOC, it is because that is what the facts
we had gathered show.
can send you, if you wish, interview voice clips and footages of people, project
site, rivers, trees, houses affected, and even the army troopers and
paramilitary CAFGU in the project site, including their confrontation with the
members of the fact finding mission.
to your other claims and charges, especially those that involve the KMP-led fact
finding mission, including your suggestion to the fact finding mission to hold a
third party audit, we suggest you write or talk to them directly, and clear out
matters as you wish. We do, however, present the KMPís reply to your statement
per our post fact-finding interview yesterday.
may also be interesting for you to read (see attached feature news) the
additional testimonies of threats and harassments that the victims have
presented to us, when they came to our local office in Bacolod City after the
mission, three days ago, to reaffirm and detail their previous testimonies.
hope we have clarified basic matters.
G. Ombion, Edgar Cadagat and Hannah Papasin
City, Negros Occidental