Ombudsman validating farmers name, site of Jatropa, rubber trees in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 April 2016 11:44

By NONOY E LACSON

The Office of the  Ombudsman, general  investigation bureau (GIB),  has issued a “Subpoena Duces Tecum” to the municipal agriculturist of  Ungkaya Pukan in Basilan province ordering him to submit  a list of legitimate farmers in the municipality.

GIB Director Maria Olivia Elena A Roxas has ordered Morgan A Ismael, acting municipal agriculturist of Ungkaya Pukan, to submit to the GIB-B Field Investigation Office1,  the names of legitimate  farmers in the village of Danit and  Tongbato in  the municipality.

A six-page list of  farmers from Danit and Tongbato containing about 210 names of fictitious farmers  was also furnished to Ismael by the GIB for his reference and comment.

The order of the GIB to  Ismael  was in connection with the on-going investigation  the GIB is conducting  concerning the planting of Jatropa and rubber trees in the villages of Danit and Tongbato  in 2012 to 2013 under the  agro forestry program of Basilan Lone Representative  Hadjiman (Jim) Hataman-Salliman.

The Subpoena Duces Tecum did not state the amount used by  Rep. Salliman and where he sourced out the funds to finance the planting of  Jatropa and rubber trees in the villages of Danit and Tongbato  in Ungkaya Pukan.

It was also learned that there was no planting of rubber  and Jatropa trees that happened in the village of Danit and Tongbato in 2012 to 2013.

Rep. Salliman could not be contacted for comment on the issue.

The GIB also asked Ismael to submit them  photos and relevant documents about the   program in the two villages  as initiated by the Philippine Forest Corporation and the Kapuso’t Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.,

Dir. Roxas also directed  Ismael to submit a listing of farmers who planted Jatropa plants and rubber trees in the two villages in 2012 to 2013.

A Subpoena Duces Tecum is used by a court to compel the production of documents that might be admissible before the court.

It was also reported that a soap making factory, candle making, sardine factory and slippers plan were also established in Sumisip, Basilan province.

These factories were initiated and financed by the   congressional district of Rep Salliman, it was reported.

Accordingly,  none of these  factories  can be found  in  Sumisip where Rep Salliman has also served as mayor in 2001-2004. — Nonoy E Lacson