Militarization in Central Negros: A Nuisance to the Residents and the Youth
September 23, 7:00 in the morning, more than 20 troops of the 62nd Infantry Battalion (IB) conducted a military operation at Sitio Palasan, Barangay Guba, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental. Simultaneously, another operation by the same military troop was conducted in Sitio Binil-iwan, Barangay Calupaan, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. Around 20 soldiers forcibly entered the houses of resident farmers.
Meanwhile, from September 19 until today, September 23, 14 troops of the 62nd IB remained encamped near Sitio Kambairan Elementary School in Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City. During night-time, military troops would go inside houses and threaten residents.
Since September 13, also up to today, September 23, 150 troops of the 62nd IB continue to conduct military operations in Barangay Santol and Barangay Amuntay, all of Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. The troops are currently located in Sitio Tambo, Barangay Santol and Sitio Nabirasan and the Barangay Hall of Barangay Amuntay.
More than 100 troops of the 62nd IB are still present (as of September 23) in Sitio Aguntilang Uno, Dos, Tres, and Sitio Camandagan, all of Barangay Riverside, Isabela, Negros Occidental since August 30. Similar to aforementioned military operations, the soldiers forcibly entered residences, and harassed and threatened residents. They accused the locals of being supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Military presence in the countryside of Central Negros has sowed terror among the farmers and disturbed classes in schools, according to the residents.