Cruel military rule in Negros

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Successive incidents of bombing, illegal searches and encampment in village centers are some of the severe violations of human rights perpetrated by military forces in Negros over the past weeks.

Himamaylan City. Elements of the 94th IB ransacked homes and intimidated residents of Barangay Buenavista. At 4 a.m. on October 27, soldiers forcibly entered the home of spouses Sandro and Racel Salcedo in Sitio Ulo-Tuburan. They were with their 5-year old son. In the same area on October 25, Welson Anianio was illegally detained and subjected to torture by the 94th IB.

Residents of Sitio Lanap and Asaran were also searched and terrorized on October 20. Residents of Sitio Pisok were forced to evacuate. They were threatened with detention if they did not obey the military. At least 50 families fled to Sitio Cantupa and Tigbao.

Guihulngan City. The AFP shelled Mount Cansanda twelve times at the border of Barangay Magsaysay and Balugo on the evening of October 31. The bombs fell near the communities and swidden farms forcing residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night.

The 62nd IB troops strafed the home of the Aliyacyac family in Sitio Pangi, Barangay Magsaysay on October 30. In addition, the military placed the movement of residents of barangays Buenavista, Planas and Villegas under its control from October 29 to 31 affecting the people’s livelihood.

From October 22, combined units of 62nd IB, 33rd DRCoy and Scout Ranger conducted a week-long operation in barangays Basak, Buldo, Binubuhan, Tacpao and Humay-Humay. They forcibly entered farmers’ homes, encamped at schools and churches, and summoned members of the 4Ps program. On October 24, 10 soldiers ransacked the homes of Candro Briones and two others in Barangay Bulado.

Sipalay City. Soldiers of the 47th IB fired an M203 round against farmer Alfredo Dantes whom they saw in Sitio Looc, Camindangan in October. After that, the soldiers subjected Dantes to interrogation.

Cruel military rule in Negros