Soldiers kill farmer in Negros Oriental

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The 62nd IB killed Greg Cantela, farmer and resident of Sityo Manlibod, Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, at 6:00 in the morning on September 7. He is the latest victim of killings in the militarized island.

The NPA-Negros reported the AFP’s operation involving several battalions in the mountains and communities of Negros Occidental. In the villages of Calatrava and Toboso in Negros Occidental, battalion-sized troops of the 79th IB mounted focused operations since August 26.

Meanwhile, around 200 troops under the 94th IB and SAF have encamped in the mountains and villages of Himamaylan City, Binalbagan and Isabela since August 11.

Abduction and illegal detention. Raquel Dahoyla Santillano, a revolutionary in North Central Mindanao, was kept for four days by the 4th ID of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, before being presented as “surrenderer.” The joint forces of the 1st Special Forces Battalion, Military Intelligence Battalion and 51st IB captured Santillano on September 4 in Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur. She had come from a medical checkup for her spinal pains.

Santillano’s abduction and illegal detention were exposed and denounced on social media. This prompted the 4th ID to weave a surrender story to justify their violations of the victim’s rights. She was released on September 16.

Harassment. Bayan-Gitnang Luson reported the surveillance by state agents against their general secretary, Au Santiago, on September 17. According to Santiago, police identified themselves as DILG Region 3 and visited the residence of Santiago’s son on September 16. Earlier, Santiago received threats via text.

On the same day, police from PNP-Quezon City forced Aries Soledad, a member of Pamalakaya-Cavite, to surrender purportedly as a Red fighter.

In Bohol, three activists were falsely charged. In a report by Humabol-KMP, charged with homicide were Joemar Pogio, the organization’s former coordinator; Racquel Autida, former coordinator of Gabriela-Bohol; and Women’s Development Center’s executive director Maria Ira Pamat.

The three are being implicated in an encounter between elements of the 47th IB and the people’s army in Barangay Bayawahan, Sevilla, Bohol on June 26, 2020.

Soldiers kill farmer in Negros Oriental