AFP kills 3 civilians in Bicol

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In just a week, three civilians were extrajudicially killed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Sorsogon and Masbate in Bicol. Two of the victims were falsely described as New People’s Army (NPA) members purportedly killed in encounters.

In Sorsogon, 31st IB soldiers shot Niño Henera while he was hanging out by the roadside in Barangay Trese Martires, Casiguran on June 26 at 10 pm. Residents said they heard up to 10 gunshots before seeing the body of the victim lying on the ground.

In Donsol town, the same military unit gunned down 39-year-old Arnel Esperitu on June 20, at 4 a.m. He was just walking by the soldiers detachment in the center of Barangay Gogon when he was shot.

To avoid responsibility, soldiers immediately went to the victim’s family to intimidate and threaten them not to file a complaint. After this, the 31st IB camped at the evacuation center of Barangay Gogon.

In Masbate, soldiers killed Boyet Rodrigo in Barangay Miabas, Palanas on June 23. Residents said soldiers posing as NPA fighters summoned Rodrigo to an abandoned house and shot him there. They confirmed that the perpetrators were AFP soldiers when barangay officials were threatened unless they sign a document stating that an encounter took place in the area.

Bombing. AFP soldiers again bombed and strafed the mountainous area of Barangay Cambitala, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija on July 4. This endangered two civilians and severely affected the livelihood of the masses in the area. It brought extreme trauma and terror in the communities.

AFP kills 3 civilians in Bicol