AFP abducts, summarily kills 3 Red fighters in Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat

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Three Red fighters were killed while in military custody in the past two weeks. In Oriental Mindoro, Red fighters of the New People’s Army (NPA)-Mindoro, Jethro Isaac Ferrer (Ka Pascual) and Peter Rivera (Ka Rochie) were captured and summarily killed in Barangay Buong Lupa, Gloria on November 13. The military made false claims that they were killed in an encounter that same day. They also took Ka Jasel who still has not been surfaced.

In Sultan Kudarat, the 37th IB captured and also executed Red fighter Rafael Zambrano (Ka Dodong/Tres) last October in Sityo Surong, Barangay Hinalaan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat. He was taken from a house in Sityo Bugkog, Barangay Limulan on October 8 and subjected to torture. On the morning of October 11, his remains were found in Sitio Kalamagan, Barangay Limulan where the military falsely claims an “encounter” took place on the night of October 10.

In Negros Occidental, 15th IB forces killed farmers Waren Cadarin and Jovy Moreño and falsely claimed they died in an encounter in Barangay Yaoyao, Cauayan, on November 7. Cadarin was abducted by soldiers from his farm in Sityo Indangawan, Barangay Manlucahoc, Sipalay on November 4. His family reported his disappearance to the police and local radio.

Arrest. Soldiers of the 94th IB and local police illegally arrested and detained civilians Joel Casusa and Jenny Radles on November 8 in Sityo Pisok, Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. Casusa was former chairman of the local association of farmers in Barangay Buenavista, while Radles is an active member. Casusa was illegally arrested in 2019. The military falsely accuses them of being NPA members captured after an encounter in the area.

Abduction. In Batangas, state forces abducted in succession fisherfolk organizer Mariano Jolongbayan on November 17 in Lian and youth organizer Karla Mae Monge on November 20 in Tuy town. Their relatives demand the safe surfacing and release of the two.

Harassment. Military forces harassed and intimidated the family of activist Kristel Asilom, Anakbayan-Bulacan youth leader on November 11. In Davao City, NTF-Elcac elements harassed labor leader Paul John Dizon last November 13. Soldiers went to both their relatives’ houses. Dizon was threatened with criminal charges if he did not cooperate.

Illegal search. Soldiers of the 62nd IB barged in and ransacked the houses of farmers Maximo Cañete in Barangay Amuntay and Melvin Vilando in Barangay Santol, both in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental on November 13. They were accused of being supporters of the people’s army and threatened with death.

AFP abducts, summarily kills 3 Red fighters in Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat