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Councilor files raps vs Lim, Manila execs before CHR

July 17, 2008 3:47pm
MANILA, Philippines - A Manila City councilor on Thursday filed human rights complaints against Mayor Alfredo Lim, other city officials and policemen over the violent takeover of the Dealco slaughterhouse in Vitas, Tondo last July 11.

In a report, QTV's Balitanghali said Manila councilor Dennis Alcoreza filed the charges before the Commission on Human Rights, naming as respondents Lim, city administrator Jesus Marzan and city legal officer Renato dela Cruz.

Also included in the complaint were Veterinary Inspection Board office-in-charge Francisco Co; Chief Supt Alejandro Gutierrez, Manila City Hall Police-District Special Projects Unit director; Supt. Rolando Miranda, head of Manila Police District (MPD) Station 1.

According to Alcoreza, this is only the first in the series of complaints they will file against the mentioned officials.

Alcoreza said the mentioned officials violated his, his family's and their supporters' human rights on two occasions: first, when they were bodily carried out of the slaughterhouse on July 11, and second, when they were dispersed while holding protest action in front of the city hall on July 14.

Alcoreza maintained that the takeover of the slaughterhouse has no legal basis as his family's company has a long-term contract with the city government of Manila, noting that a compromise agreement was even reached between the company and the city government on October 2007.

He said they did not commit anything that would render the agreement void and lead to the takeover.

The report quoted Alcoreza as saying that his family's closeness with the former mayor and now Environment Sec. Jose "Lito" Atienza might be the reason for the takeover.

Manila city government insisted that the Alcoreza's violated the agreement, noting that among the company's violations were the alleged lack of proper sanitary facilities and dumping of animal manure on the bay.

Dealco also allegedly a subleased the facility – particularly the second floor designed for slaughterhouse offices – to Meatworld International Inc., which put in a physical fitness facility, again in violation of its contract. - Amita Legaspi, GMANews.TV