Police arrest 2 mass leaders in Bicol


Two mass leaders were simultaneously arrested by the police in Bicol in the early morning of May 2. The victims were identified as Dan Balucio, secretary general of Bayan-Bicol and pastor of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, who was arrested in his home in Sto. Domingo, Albay; and Sasah Sta. Rosa, spokesperson of Jovenes Anakbayan, who was arrested in Villa Obiedo, Cararayan, Naga City.

To legitimize the arrests, the police planted firearms and explosives in the houses of the victims and accused them of being members of the New People’s Army (NPA). The police also raided the house of Justine Mesias, spokesperson of Youth Act Now Against Tyranny Bicol, who was not around during the operation. The search warrants used in these raid operations were issued by Judge Edgar Armes of the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court.

In Antipolo City, the 80th IB and Philippine National Police-Rizal arrested 30 Dumagats in Barangay Calawis on April 13. They were duped into going to the barangay hall to receive aid where they were arrested. They were accused of having links with the NPA.

Before this during the second week of March, 30 Dumagats from Barangay Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal were also arrested and slapped with charges of rebellion. In the same town, state forces also arrested Benito Lucido, chairperson of the Integrated Association of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries, along with his wife last May 6. They were brought to a police station and it is still unclear what charges will be slapped against them.

On the same day, state forces also arrested Garry Doroteo in his house in Tanay. Doroteo is a Dumagat who opposed to the Kaliwa Dam.

In General Nakar, the military arrested Loreto Miranda Bolino, councilor of Barangay Lumutan. He was made to ride a helicopter and his whereabouts are still unknown.

In Bohol, police elements arrested farmer Alfie Sarsale in Barangay Rizal, Batuan on April 30. The police raided his house and that of his parents. The police also stole ₱23,000 cash earned by the family from selling their carabao.

Killing. The 15th IB killed Frederico Rivera, resident of Barangay Pinggot, Ilog, Negros Occidental on April 24. Soldiers made it appear that the victims was killed in an encounter.

Fake surrender. The 2nd ID forced residents of Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City to surrender as supporters of the NPA on April 23.

The 15th IB and 11th IB coerced the residents of Sitio Taya-o, Barangay Narra and Sitio Malabago in Barangay Tambad, Cauayan, Negros Occidental to surrender in the same month. The forced surrender campaign is part of the focused military operation of the said units in the area.

Militarization. The 1st and 80th IB have been imposing a blockade in the communities of Dumagats and Remontados in Ba­rangay Puray, Rodriguez Rizal and Barangay Umiray, General Nakar, Quezon for a month now.

In Negros Occidental, the 15th IB cordoned Barangay Pinggot, Ilog since April 24. Soldiers strictly control the entry and exit of resident in the said communities.

Harassment. The 62nd IB raided four houses in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental on March 22. Some of the residents were mauled and held at gunpoint while being interrogated.

Police arrest 2 mass leaders in Bicol