Soldiers run amok in Negros, kill 2 civilians

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Two civilians were killed by soldiers running amok after they were outmaneuvered by a unit of the people’s army in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. They abducted and subsequently murdered farmer brothers, Jayson and Arnulfo Sabanal, residents of Sitio Maliko-liko, Barangay Carabalan last March 25. The victims were presented as Red fighters supposedly killed during the encounter.

The soldiers also prevented 77 residents of the sitio from going about their lives, threathening them with bombs should an encounter happen again in the area. Last March 27, the house of Raffy Dayupan was torched by troops of 94th IB in Sitio Camuag in the same barangay. A mortar hit and damaged the house of Kiko Paculanang in Sitio Maliko-liko. The soldiers also torched a handtractor and thresher of the farmers in the area. Moreover, last March 29, residents of Barangay Quintin Remo and nearby villages reported that they were red-tagged by elements of 62nd IB. Last April 1, military forces killed Elbert Quillano (Ka Carding) and Jessa Quillano (Ka Clea) while in their custody in Sitio Kulihaw, Barangay Buenavista.

In Negros Oriental, elements of police and military arrested Nemfa de Lima, a farmer and resident of Sityo Uwayan, Barangay Budlasan, Canlaon City last April 1. They also attempted to arrest Noel Montefalco. Military troops ransacked and strafed his home in Sityo Natoling and planted firearms while he was not there.

In Iloilo last March 29, Elmer Forro was arrested in Barangay Lutac, Cabatuan by the PNP-Iloilo. Forro is the secretary-general of Bayan-Panay. Trumped-up charges were filed linking him to an ambush by the NPA last April 7, 2020 in Lambunao.

In Surigao del Sur, four chainsaw operators were fired at by elements of 75th IB in Kabalawan, Km. 23, Anahaw Daan, Tago last March 24. Jomar Loyola was wounded in the incident and was left in the area. Last March 31, Chariz Tawide Jacinto, a resident of the same barangay, was arrested without a warrant. In Tandag City, famer Jason Mansinatao was also arrested without a warrant in Naw Sauhon, Maitum last March 30.

In Bulacan, a fake encounter was staged by 70th IB to cover up their strafing of civilians in Sitio Osboy, Barangay San Mateo, Norzagaray last March 30.

In Butuan City, a soldier of the 65th IB shot and wounded a farmer in his thigh in P16, Barangay Los Angeles last March 27.

Soldiers run amok in Negros, kill 2 civilians