Activist organizer, abducted in Negros; driver found dead

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State agents abducted Bea Lopez, peasant organizer, and Peter Agravante who drove the tricycle she hailed in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental on September 15. According to reports, the two were travelling towards Barangay Gil Montana when they were blocked by armed men and forced to board a white van. The tricycle was also loaded onto a pick-up truck.

A day later, residents found the remains of Agravante dumped by the road side in Satori Cliff in Barangay Nagbo-alao, Basay, Negros Oriental. His hands and feet were bound by duct tape. He was also gagged using duct tape. He had a gunshot wound on the head.

Meanwhile, a lawyer and another peasant was reported summarily killed in the past two weeks.

In Abra, Atty. Maria Saniata Alzate, a lawyer providing free legal services to indigent defendants, was shot dead in front of her house in Bangued on September 14. She is the third lawyer killed under the Marcos regime.

Alzate was known as a lawyer for a client who filed a writ of amparo petition. This client was abducted, tortured and illegally detained by police in Bangued, Abra this year. The court concurred with the petition and placed six of the eight involved police under investigation.

In Masbate, three state elements summarily killed 67-year old peasant Naldo Canama at Sitio Angkay, Barangay Tubog in Cawayan town, on September 7. According to reports, the three perpetrators who gunned down Canama were riding a motorcycle. Canama is the 19th victim of extrajudicial killing in the province under the Marcos regime.

Arrest. Police and soldiers arrested peasants Judy Blazer, 61, and Junjie Camanso, 30, at Sitio Mainit, Barangay Santol, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental on September 10 over trumped up charges of murder and attempted murder. They are accused of having links with the revolutionary movement. Blazer was arrested despite being nearly blind and unable to walk due to old age.

Bombing. The 82nd and 12th IBs shelled Barangay Cabatangan, Lambunao, Iloilo eleven times on September 15. The bombing lasted 2 hours with some bombs exploding just around 100 meters away from house clusters.

Apart from this, over 200 military troops continue to ransack and sow terror in the peasant and indigenous communities since September 3 in the towns of Calinog and Lambunao, Iloilo.

Shooting. The 94th IB sowed terror by firing an M203 grenade and raining bullets in Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on August 17.

Soldiers fired five M203 ammunition at Sitio Cantupa-Pisok, Barangay Buenavista. This traumatized the Martinez and Mariano families in the community, including 11 minors.

After this, soldiers ransacked the Martinez household and occupied it for several hours. Amid the wailing of children, soldiers fired shots while making wild noises. The family members of the Mariano family were also maltreated and threatened.

Activist organizer, abducted in Negros; driver found dead