94th IB soldiers rape 15-year-old, one other
Two cases of rape by soldiers of the 94th IB were reported by residents of Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. The crime happened when soldiers held a bayle (dance) in the barangay in the last week of August. That night, residents witnessed five male soldiers of the 94th IB in civvies forcing a 15-year-old and another girl to go with them to their camp.
Residents recognized the five troops as part of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) staying in the area. According to victims’ families, the two girls came home the next day wearing military uniforms.
Killing. Still unidentified people shot journalist Juan Jumalon of 94.7 Calamba Gold FM in Calamba, Misamis Occidental while reporting on radio in the morning of November 5. The shooting was captured on a Facebook live video.
In Sorsogon, paid military hitmen killed farmer Arnel Halum on November 5 in Sitio Kamandag, Barangay San Pascual, Casiguran. He was helping his brother-in-law harvest coconuts when he was shot.
Arrest. The 203rd IBde secretly detained and denied rights to Red fighters Sonny Rogelio (Ka Ed) and Sonny Sambutan (Ka Omeng) who were captured on October 17 in Sityo Manambao, Barangay Santa Cruz, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro. The family traced Rogelio’s whereabouts on November 2 at the AFP Medical Center in V. Luna, Quezon City. Sambutan has not been found to date.
In Camarines Norte, the 9th IB arrested and detained Erick Andaya on September 23 in Barangay Malaya, Labo. The victim along with his fellow tribesmen scampered away when the soldiers shot at them.
Food blockade. The economic blockade imposed by the 2nd ID units in Barangay Lumutan and Barangay Pagsangahan, General Nakar, Quezon is causing widespread hunger and poverty. The blockade was imposed several weeks since the 80th IB, 1st IB and police began a combat operation in the town in September.