AFP kills hors de combat fighters in Negros; abducts NDFP consultant in Bukidnon

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Consecutive cases of violations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of international humanitarian law were reported the past weeks.

Soldiers of the 94th IB summarily killed two hors de combat fighters and a civilian peasant on February 5 in Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Soldiers claim that the three were killed in an encounter.

Red fighter Arjen Mahinay (Ka Nonong) was recuperating after a stroke in a house in Sitio Mugni in the said barangay. He was with medic Junjun Callet (Ka Roben) when soldiers took them at around 4 p.m. of February 4. Soldiers also abducted peasant Jomarie Calumba who was at that time in the same sitio.

In Bukidnon, AFP forces abducted National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Ariel Badiang in Manolo Fortich on February 6. Badiang’s family asked the public for help to locate his whereabouts and be visited. He has yet to be surfaced as of present.

Meanwhile, illegally arrested NDFP consultant Ruben Saluta, his wife Presentacion Saluta and companion Yvonne Losario remain in prison.

In Cagayan, police arrested wounded Orion Yoshida after an alleged encounter between a 5th ID unit and the NPA at Sitio Nangbaggayan, Barangay Santa Margarita, Baggao on February 13. He is charged with trumped-up cases of frustrated murder, violation of the Anti-Terrorism Law and illegal possession of firearms and explosives. He is deprived of visitation rights from his lawyer, relatives and human rights groups. Yoshida is a former student of the De La Salle University (DLSU).

AFP kills hors de combat fighters in Negros; abducts NDFP consultant in Bukidnon