Cebu town mayor seeks Capitol’s help in reclaiming bay ownership

February 14, 2014 7:39 am 

CEBU CITY, Feb. 13 — Mayor Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco of the northern Cebu town of Liloan has sought the Cebu provincial government’s assistance to revisit the case on the ownership of Silot Bay.

Frasco told Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III that he has asked the Supreme Court to review its decision granting ownership of the 92 hectares out of the 520-hectare Silot Bay to the family of labor leader Democrito Mendoza.

Mendoza is the founder of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP).

Frasco said he hopes the Supreme Court will review the case and return the ownership of Silot Bay to Liloan.

Davide asked several documents from Frasco and assured to look into the issue concerning the Silot Bay case.

“I asked if they have documents to present and I told him we will take a look at this if what the province can do because we are not familiar with the facts,” Davide said.

Frasco, son-in-law of Davide’s political rival, former governor and now Cebu third district Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, acknowledged the fact that the review may take time.

He said that aside from Capitol the municipal government will also ask the Office of the Solicitor General to help out.

“Next step is to find a fishing ground or an area within Silot Bay for our fisherfolks while the case is under review,” Frasco said.

The residents of Liloan, especially the fishermen, earlier protested the fencing off of Silot Bay by the Mendoza family for allegedly depriving them of their livelihood.

The Mendozas who claimed ownership of the bay have detailed security guards in the area allegedly threatening fishermen to shoot them if they force themselves into the bay.

The Mendozas, however, denied that the guards were detailed to threaten fishermen, saying they were posted to prevent people from going to areas allegedly prone to drowning. (PNA)



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