2 mass leaders brutally killed in Eastern Visayas
Two mass leaders were killed by state forces in Eastern Visayas in May. Prior to the killings, both were labeled as criminals and terrorists by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
On May 28, the lifeless body of Carlito Badion (Ka Karlets), national secretary general of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), was found in Pagsanga-an, Riverside, Ormoc City, Leyte. The body was buried in a shallow grave. Badion was abducted by armed men on May 26 and was brought to Barangay Guintigui-an where he was reportedly tortured. According to those who saw the body, the victim could have been killed using a blunt object. One of his feet was crippled by polio.
Badion was known for fighting along with urban poor residents in occupation and mass housing campaigns, and community barricades against demolition. He was also a vocal critic of Duterte’s Oplan Tokhang and its campaign of mass killings in urban poor communities.
The police made it appear that the killing was a simple case of robbery and homicide to cover up the political motive behind it.
On May 29, elements of the 43rd IB killed peasant leader Allan Aguilando (Mano Boy), chairperson of the Northern Samar Small Farmers Association, in Barangay New Rizal, Catarman, Northern Samar. He was shot at the back of his head and his face was hacked with a machete.
Aguilando was at the forefront of campaigns against militarization and exposed the devastation wrought by successive disasters in the province. He also led the march of Samareños to Manila in 2016 and 2018 to hold the regime accountable for its negligence and to demand aid. To collect their bounty, the 43rd IB made it appear that the victim was a member of people’s army and was killed in an “encounter.”
Arrest. In Las Navas, elements of the 803rd IBde blindfolded, hogtied and arrested peasants Carlos Baluyot, Alvino Lucapa and a minor in Barangay Logging on June 1. Baluyot is a leader of the Alyansa san mga Parag-uma Kontra-kagutom san Las Navasnon which opposes militarization.
In Western Samar, soldiers also nabbed peasants Cosme Cabangunay and his children Jevie and Jason on May 27 in Barangay Canvais, Motiong.
Meanwhile, elements of the 85th IB also abducted Marvin Lotero and Wilmar Marinas in Barangay Mabini, Lopez, Quezon on June 2. The victims are yet to be surfaced.
All of those nabbed were accused as members of the people’s army.