Military kills 4 civilians in Sorsogon, Batangas and Iloilo

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Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) killed two civilians on December 10 in Iloilo and December 17 in Sorsogon last year. Meanwhile, military forces also killed two civilians visiting their Red fighter relatives in Batangas on December 17, 2023.

Bloodthirsty fascists of the 31st Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC) killed a civilian who suffered from mental illness, Bombik Bajoyo, on December 10, 2023 in Sitio Tagbakan 1, Barangay Jayubo, Lambunao, Iloilo. The fascists falsely claim Bajoyo is a New People’s Army (NPA)-Central Panay member who was supposedly killed in an encounter.

Residents of Sityo Jagnaya assert that Bajoyo was a civilian and that he had a mental disability. They say soldiers likely killed him when they mistook him for a Red fighter. The victim has been living in Sityo Tagbakan for six years, residents say.

In Sorsogon, the 31st IB killed Joseph Esperanzate at his home in Purok Iraya, Barangay Union in Gubat, on December 17, 2023 around 4 a.m. Esperanzate had long took leave from the NPA and was leading a civilian life. Since 2019, he was being harassed by the military to enlist in E-CLIP but refused saying he wanted to live quietly.

In Batangas, the 59th IB killed civilians Pretty Sheine Anacta, 19, and Rose Jane Agda, 30, in indiscriminate firing in Barangay Malalay, Balayan, Batangas on December 17, 2023 at dawn. The two were visiting their NPA Red fighter relatives when they were killed.

Reports gathered by the NPA say Pretty Sheine passed out in the fascist troopers’ first burst of shooting before they finished her off. Rose Jane’s remains were found at the funeral home with her pants down, a sign she was likely sexually assaulted.

Meanwhile, the military abducted and still is secretly keeping wounded fighter Baby Jane Orbe (Ka Binhi). She was in no condition to fight. According to the rules of international humanitarian law, her rights must be recognized by enemy armed forces. Five Red fighters were also martyred in that incident.

Abduction. Troopers of the 62nd IB abducted young farmer Allan Paul Rayna at his family’s house on December 23, 2023 in Sitio Tayubong, Barangay Puso, La Castellana, Negros Occidental. He has not been found to date. The Rayna family is extremely worried about the condition of their relative.

Eviction. The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) gave 200 families living at the Narra Dormitory in Barangay Maligaya, Mariveles, Bataan only until January 6 to leave. Residents are being evicted because planned FAB expansion will cover the area.

Military kills 4 civilians in Sorsogon, Batangas and Iloilo