9th ID murders 17-year old from minority group
Soldiers of the 9th ID shot and killed 17-year old civilian Argie Salvador in Sitio Sapang Bato, Barangay Canapawan, Labo, Camarines Norte on February 11 at 1:40 p.m.
Major General Adonis Bajao of the 9th ID claims that Salvador died in an encounter between its troops and the New People’s Army (NPA).
Salvador is an indigenous Manide from Tanauwan, Capalonga. He was collecting honey when soldiers saw and killed him. He is registered with the Department of Labor and Employment’s TUPAD program.
Meanwhile in Santa Elena town, seven suspected state agents forcefully entered the house of Tino Manalo on February 4 in Barangay Don Tomas. They also entered the residence of Jun Barsibal and Johnny Caig on February 5. They are being accused of being supporters of the people’s army.
Abduction. In Oriental Mindoro, forces of the 203rd Brigade abducted G. Elyon, a resident of Sitio Sinariri, Barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay on February 6. He was on his way to buy coffee when soldiers abducted him. He was abducted by 10 soldiers who failed to present any warrant or explanation of the arrest in front of residents.
Fake encounter. To sow terror and fear in communities, military units staged fake encounters in Quezon and Negros Oriental.
On the first week of February, the 85th IB staged a fake encounter in Barangay Butanguiad, San Francisco, Quezon. This disrupted the people’s livelihood as well as classes of students in the barangays of the said town.
The 11th IB’s claim of an encounter at Sitio Tuyopan, Barangay Talalak, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental on February 4 is also a lie. According to the local NPA command, there was no NPA unit in the area during that time. After this, soldiers mauled peasant Randy Iran.
Arrest. In Sorsogon, police arrested on trumped-up charges siblings Ramises and William Hubilla, sons of Sorsogon’s martyred revolutionary leader Andres Hubilla (Ka Magno). Ramises was arrested on February 8 in Barangay North Poblacion, Juban while William was arrested the following day in Barangay Central, Casiguran. They were charged with several counts of murder and frustrated murder. Ramises was earlier forced to “surrender” to the military in 2018 for allegedly being part of the revolutionary movement.