Twin brutal extra-judicial killings in the time of PNoy's Oplan Bayanihan

 

Sta. Cruz, Davao de Sur

 

Posted: March 11, 2011

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Rudy's wife, Mercy, left for the village market to sell their crops. When she returned home at around 4:00 PM, she found her husband's and son's lifeless bodies, bathed in blood. The bodies bore gunshot and stab wounds. There were also signs of possible torture as there were bruises on the bodies, and the victims hands and nails were smashed.

 

--- From the  report of KARAPATAN -SMR

 

The 39th IB-AFP had previously threatened Dejos to desist from his activities in the peasant organization. He was top of the list of civilians tagged by the 39th IB-AFP's order of battle and was required to present himself in the military detachment for tactical interrogation. The military harassed, threatened and coerced him to sign surrender papers as a supposed member of the underground peasant organization. In 2009, he was told by 39th IB interrogators to dissolve the local chapter of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas of which he was an official. In December, 39th IB-AFP soldiers fired upon him in another attempt to frighten him. The repeated attempts to terrorize him did not dissuade Dejos from pursuing the local peasant struggle against enforced military duties in the BDS, and 39th IB-AFP's abuses and human rights violations in their community.

 

--- From the statement of the Magtanggol Roque Command in Mindanao
 

   
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Photos courtesy of KARAPATAN- SMR
           
     
Widow of Rudyric de Jesus at the funeral, assisted by members of Karaptan and Gabriela
     
 Marilyn Dejos,  daughter of Rudy, in her funeral speech, identifies the troopers from the 39th IB as the murderers of her father and brother. March 9, 2011.
     

 

PRESS RELEASE
March 2, 2011

Activist farmers shot dead in Sta. Cruz

DAVAO CITY – Human rights group Karapatan today condemns the killing of two activist farmers in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur by unidentified elements of 39th Infantry Battalion.

According to Karapatan regional Acting Deputy Secretary-General Hanimay Suazo, “Rody Dejos, 50 years old, and his son Rody Rick Dejos, 26, were shot dead Sunday (February 27) at around 12:00 noon in Sitio Malusing, Brgy. Zone-1, Sta.Cruz, Davao del Sur.”

“Both of them are members of the Zone-1 Farmers Association (ZOFA), a local peasant organization affiliated with the progressive Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP). The father Dejos is the current Vice-Chairperson of ZOFA-KMP,” said Suazo.

“Both victims bore gunshot and stab wounds and there are signs that the two were tortured before they were killed,” she added.

Karapatan believes that this recent attack against members of progressive groups manifests clearly the real score of Aquino's Oplan Bayanihan.

“Sa ginabuhat nga “pag-census” sa mga kasundalohan sa komunidad aron kuno mahibal-an ang mga serbisyo nga ilang ihatag, ang ila gyud tumong mao ang pag-tukoy kinsa ang mga miyembro sa mga progresibong grupo ug diha-diha mahitabo na ang mga harassments,” Suazo said.

Based on Karapatan's record, the Dejos are the first case of political killings in southern Mindanao region for this year, and the fourth and fifth victims under the Aquino administration.

“We urge an immediate formation of an independent fact-finding and investigation team composed of representatives from the human rights group, church, media, local government and the Commission on Human Rights be carried out to look into this case,” Suazo said. #

For reference:

HANIMAY SUAZO
Acting Deputy Secretary General
KARAPATAN – Southern Mindanao Region
Mobile No. 09394501308
 

     
           
     
     
     

 

B'laan tribe chieftain and his son tortured and killed in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
 

UA No: 2003-03-02
UA Date :

1 March 2011
UA Case :
 

Summary Execution

Victim/s :

RUDY DEJOS
* Farmer, 50 years old, married
* Chieftain of B'laan tribe
* Vice-Chairperson, Zone-1 Farmers Association (ZOFA) – an affiliate of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

RODY RICK DEJOS
* Farmer, 26 years old, married
* Member, ZOFA

Place of Incident :
Barangay (village) Zone 1, Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Province of Davao del Sur

Date of Incident :
27 February 2011

Alleged Perpetrator(s) :
An unidentified number of men believed to be elements of the 39th Infantry Battalion.

Account of the Incident:
 

On the morning of February 27, Rudy and Rody Rick Dejos was working on their respective farms which is near their residence in the village of Zone 1, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
 

Rudy's wife, Mercy, left for the village market to sell their crops. When she returned home at around 4:00 PM, she found her husband's and son's lifeless bodies, bathed in blood. The bodies bore gunshot and stab wounds. There were also signs of possible torture as there were bruises on the bodies, and the victims hands and nails were smashed.
 

Mercy believes that her husband and son were killed around noon because the bodies were already cold and stiff, and the food for lunch that Rudy prepared was left untouched.
 

In June last year, elements of the 39th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army set-up camp in the Barangay Hall in the center of Barangay Zone-1, Sta. Cruz, conducted village meetings (or “pulong-pulong”) and invited residents, including Rudy, to come in and “clear” their names. A rebel returnee and a community organizer named Jojo have told Rudy that the latter has been mistrusted in the village and that he should “clean” his name from the military's record. The military have accused Rudy's tribe as “frontline of the underground movement” and the New People's Army, and should be dismantled. Rudy decided not to go to the Barangay Hall because he believed that, even though he wishes to explain his side, the military would not believe him.
 

Rody Rick, on the other hand, was interrogated by a certain Boyong on June 6, 2010, outside Rudy's home. Boyong asked Rody Rick about his brother-in-law suspected of being an NPA guerilla, and even aimed a gun at the latter's head. Boyong also took Rody Rick's picture with a cellphone camera without permission.
 

Also in December 2010, a certain Arman, a leader of the Barangay Defense System1 in the village and a known military intelligence agent, threatened Rudy over the founding of the Zone-1 Farmers Association which is affiliated with the KMP.

1 Barangay Defense System (BDS) is a group of civilians formed by the AFP after a massive military counter-insurgency operation in a community. Some of the members of the BDS are forced or coerced to join, and some are given firearms by the AFP.
 

 Cora Espinoza of GABRIELA. delivers message at the funeral
Hanimay Suazo of KARAPATAN-SMR. delivers message at the funeral

A representative from Zone-1 Farmers Association (ZOFA) delivers a message

           
     
     
     

 

Brutal murders in Davao only reveal the real score of Aquino's Oplan Bayanihan

Ricardo Fermiza
Spokesperson
Magtanggol Roque Command
Front 51 Operations Command
NPA-Southern Mindanao
March 3, 2011

The condemnable torture and brutal murders of civilians Rody Dejos, 50 and son Rody Rick, 26, by 39th IB-AFP troops last February 27 in Sitio Malusing, Barangay Zone 1, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur further reveal the real score of the US-Aquino regime's Oplan Bayanihan and its peace and development rhetoric. Peace dialogue is a masquerade, a sham intended to mislead and to smokescreen their fascism and use of more sinister strong-arm tactics of extra-judicial killings.

Listening to the practiced repertoire of lies spewed out by the 39th IB-AFP commander Lt. Col. Oliver Artuz as he readily accused the Red fighters for the very crime his unit is implicated in evokes an eerie deja vu. Lt. Col. Artuz is another Jovito Palparan in the making. He is coming to be the same fascist butcher rising through the AFP ranks by being a cold-blooded killing machine of innocent civilians and non-combatants.

Notwithstanding the peace and development pretenses of Oplan Bayanihan, Lt. Col. Artuz's demeanor is already all too familiar to the people. The same Bantay Laya pattern emerges in the Dejos twin killings: a fascist AFP unit [in this case the 39th IB] threatens with physical elimination an ordinary farmer-activist active in the legal people's movement, the farmer activist is eventually murdered due to his involvement, the fascist perpetrators then impute the crime they have committed to the people's army by fabricating an absurd claim of internal strife within revolutionary ranks. Lt. Col. Artuz sounds like a crow caught lying through his teeth. He pathetically fails to provide a plausible denial in front of the credible testimony by the grieving family of the murdered farmers.

The elder Dejos, vice chair of a local progressive peasant organization and a tribal chieftain, has incurred the ire of the 39th IB-AFP and was targeted for his active involvement in the campaign against the military-imposed Barangay Defense System and against military harassments in their peasant village. His son Rody Rick was also killed because he was a witness who knew who the murderers were.

The 39th IB-AFP had previously threatened Dejos to desist from his activities in the peasant organization. He was top of the list of civilians tagged by the 39th IB-AFP's order of battle and was required to present himself in the military detachment for tactical interrogation. The military harassed, threatened and coerced him to sign surrender papers as a supposed member of the underground peasant organization. In 2009, he was told by 39th IB interrogators to dissolve the local chapter of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas of which he was an official. In December, 39th IB-AFP soldiers fired upon him in another attempt to frighten him. The repeated attempts to terrorize him did not dissuade Dejos from pursuing the local peasant struggle against enforced military duties in the BDS, and 39th IB-AFP's abuses and human rights violations in their community.

The Dejos murders once again show that the fascists have no compunction in unleashing their brutality against the people alongside "soft approach" trickery. The toiling masses can only turn to the people's democratic revolution for genuine justice in the intensifying people's war.

 

LUKSANG PARANGAL FOR RUDY AND RUDYRIC, March 8
     
Tribute from Bayan Muna - North Cotabato
Tribute from BAYAN - SMR

And the military  from 39th IB, PA invited themselves to the Luksang Parangal

which extolled the lives of Rudy and Rudyric

           
▼  From the  report of the Fact Finding Mission on the twin murders of Rudy and Rudyric ▼
           
     
Place of inciden Candlighting and offering of prayers Bloodstains of Rudy Dejos
     

 

PRESS STATEMENT
1 March 2011
Reference: Jigs Clamor, Acting Secretary General (+63-920-946-6210)

KARAPATAN DARES PNOY TO STOP KILLINGS AS THREE MORE ACTIVISTS ARE SLAIN

THE INTERNATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED human rights group in the Philippines denounced the latest extra-judicial killings by suspected state forces of BAYAN MUNA activist Rodel Estrellado of Barangay 3, Malilipot, Albay and B’laan tribal chief Rudy Dejos and his son Rody Rick Dejos of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

“These are despicable crimes that should be denounced by our people and the international community. As the Aquino government talks peace, his troops are once again on a killing spree,” KARAPATAN spokesperson Jigs Clamor said.

“The new Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” of the AFP, approved by Aquino, included so-called selective targets of military operations. This is no different from the Oplan Bantay-Laya of the AFP under Macapagal-Arroyo which killed 1,206 in nine years. Aquino seems "all talk and no action” in ordering state security forces to stop the killings. If Aquino really wants peace, he should stop the killings,” Clamor said.

Estrellado, 34, was abducted around 9:00 am on February 25 by four men posing as Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents as he was walking home after buying food for his family at the local market. He was forced to board a grey car with the plate number MXN 902 according to Vince Casilihan, Karapatan-Bikol regional coordinator.

Casilihan said that as early as 6:30am on the same day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through Major Razeleigh Cabunoc issued a statement that a New People’s Army (NPA) member was killed a certain Elmer Estrellado in an encounter in Brgy. Buluang, Bato, Camarines Sur.

Also on the same day, at 1:25 pm a certain Major Danilo Ambe and a 2LT Maribel Donilla based in Mabalud balud, Tigaon, Camarines Sur filed a blotter report in PNP Bato that they conducted a strike operation in Buluang, Bato that resulted in the death of one Elmer Estrellado.

The “Elmer” reported by the military turned out to be Rodel. His remains was recovered by his family at a funeral parlor in Camarines Sur on February 27.

Meanwhile, the B’laan tribal chief and leader of the Zone-1 Farmers Association (ZOFA) in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur affiliated with the Kilusang Magbubuid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Rudy Yalon-Dejos, 50, and his son Rody Rick, 26, were found dead with gunshot and stab wounds inside their house on February 27.

The Dejos family members were consistent targets of harassment and intimidation by soldiers from the 39th IB Philippine Army and members of the Citizens Auxiliary Geographical Unit (CAFGU) since June last year.
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Press Release -- 4 March 2010

Karapatan protests at AFP headquarters over recent killings
 

THE human rights group KARAPATAN picketed the gates of the AFP Headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo to denounce the alarming spate of extra-judicial killings (EJK’s) by suspected state security forces.
 

Three activists are the latest victims of EJK’s: BAYAN MUNA activist Rodel Estrellado of Barangay 3, Malilipot, Albay and B’laan tribal chief Rudy Dejos and his son Rody Rick Dejos of Barangay Zone-1, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
 

According to KARAPATAN documentation, there are already ten victims of EJK’s by suspected state forces in eight weeks from January to February this year, and at least 40 victims since Pres. Aquino took office eight months ago. EJK’s are averaging more than once a week under Aquino.
 

“As the Aquino government talks peace, his troops are once again on a killing spree,” KARAPATAN spokesperson Jigs Clamor said
 

“The new Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’ of the AFP, approved by Aquino, included so-called selective targets of military operations. This is no different from the Oplan Bantay-Laya of the AFP under Macapagal-Arroyo which killed 1,206 in nine years. Aquino seems "all talk and no action” in ordering state security forces to stop the killings. If Aquino really wants peace, he should stop the killings,” Clamor said.
 

Estrellado, 34, was abducted around 9:00 am on February 25 by four men posing as Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents as he was walking home after buying food for his family at the local market. He was forced to board a grey car with the plate number MXN 902 according to Vince Casilihan, Karapatan-Bikol regional coordinator.
 

Casilihan said that as early as 6:30 a.m. on the same day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through Major Razeleigh Cabunoc issued a statement that a New People’s Army (NPA) member, identified as a certain Elmer Estrellado, was killed in an encounter in Brgy. Buluang, Bato, Camarines Sur. This was also in a blotter report in PNP Bato filed later by Major Danilo Ambe and 2nd Lt. Maribel Donilla based in Mabaludbalud, Tigaon, Camarines Sur.
 

The “Elmer” reported by the military turned out to be Rodel. His remains was recovered by his family at a funeral parlor in Camarines Sur on February 27.
 

Meanwhile, the B’laan tribal chief and leader of the Zone-1 Farmers Association (ZOFA) in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur affiliated with the Kilusang Magbubuid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Rudy Yalon-Dejos, 50, and his son Rody Rick, 26, were found dead with gunshot and stab wounds inside their house on February 27.
 

The Dejos family members were consistent targets of harassment and intimidation by soldiers from the 39th IB Philippine Army and members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) since June last year.
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KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign. It was established in 1995.
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  Press conference to present the r eport of  the Fact Finding Mission report  
           
           
▼  Military harassment: at the Luksang Parangal to the funeral march ▼
     

 

PRESS RELEASE
March 10, 2011
            
Military harassed funeral march for slain activists

Davao del Sur – Human rights group Karapatan condemned the harassment done by the AFP’s 39th Infantry Battalion during a funeral march yesterday (Mar 9) held for two slain farmer activists in Sta. Cruz, this town.

More than 500 members of human rights groups and farmers organizations held the funeral march for the father and son Rudy and Rudy Rick Dejos, both members of the Zone 1- Farmers Association (ZOFA) affiliated with Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP). The groups stopped over at the 39th Infantry Battalion detachment for an indignation protest action and proceeded to a funeral march when the elements of the 39th IB blocked their way and harassed the group.

According to Hanimay Suazo, Acting Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan, “The military insulted us. Wala baya lain nga dunay motibo sa pagpatay  sa duha kundili ang mga elemento sa 39th IB.”

On February 27, the Dejoses, residents of Sitio Malusing, Brgy. Zone 1, Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur, were stabbed and shot dead. They were found past noon time within the premises of their home with their bodies bearing signs of torture. A fact-finding team composed of human rights advocates found out that their nails and fingers were smashed with a hammer and their bodies were black and blue from bruises.

Their families and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas believe that only the 39th IB has motives in killing the two.

“My husband and son have been constantly persecuted by the military because of their political involvement. Every time there would be an encounter between the army and the NPA within the vicinity, they would automatically be subject to suspicion and be accosted,” said Mercy Dejos as she calls for justice over her family’s fate.

On June and December last year, the Dejoses filed two separate complaints of harassment, threat and intimidation against the 39th IB and members of the 39th IB – installed Barangay Defense System (BDS).

“We call on the authorities to speedily resolve this attack against human rights defender. We fear that under the Aquino government whose counter insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan is no different from the previous Oplans, the cases of victims of human rights violation will pile up just like what happened with over a thousand extrajudicial killing victims under the Arroyo administration,” Suazo said.

The Dejoses are the fourth and fifth victim of political killings in the region under the Aquino administration.#
 

A Luksang Parangal is an activity by friends and supporters of the dead where they pay tribute and extol their lives. The military, the principal suspect in the twin brutal murders, without an invitation, attended the tribute.

           
     
The military was everywhere during the funeral march. .Photo shows former Bayan Muna Rep. Joel Virador and the commanding officer of the 39th IB.
     

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Press Release
March 2, 2011

Reference: Danilo Ramos
Secretary General – KMP
0917-6073166

Noynoy government not satisfied with pro-landlord CARPer, uses Oplan Bayanihan to terrorize peasants; Oplan Bayanihan is sugar-coated state terrorism

“Noynoy wields so much power and yet he remains unsatisfied with his sham pro-landlord agrarian reform program, CARPer, to decimate militant and progressive peasants that he utilizes the country’s number 1 human rights violator – the AFP – and its ‘Oplan Bayanihan’ to make our prime agricultural lands ‘howling deserts’ devoid of farmers and agricultural workers,” Danilo Ramos intensely asserts.

“We condemn the vicious and dastardly killing of Rudy Yalon-Dejos, 50 and his son Rody Rick Dejos, 26 last February 27, 2011 in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. They belong to the B’laan tribe, of which Rudy serves as tribal chieftain. They are also peasants, with Rudy serving as Vice-Chair of Zone 1 Farmers Association or ZOFA. ZOFA is part of NAMASDDS – Davao del Sur, the regional chapter of KMP,” Ramos explains.

As per reports and urgent action updates dated March 1, 2011, the lifeless bodies of elder and younger Dejos were discovered in the afternoon of February 27 by Rudy’s wife, Mercy. They suffered stab and gunshot wounds. Their bodies bore bruises which suggest that they were tortured with great severity as evidenced by their smashed hands and nails.

“We demand that justice be served to Rudy and his son Rody Rick and all peasant victims of extra-judicial killings,” Ramos declares. “We have had enough of murders, enforced disappearances and political repression; we offer condolences to the families of our martyred peasants and pay tribute to their valiant stand to struggle for genuine agrarian reform and national democracy,” Ramos continues.

Landlessness is the principal difficulty which burdens farmers. The massive land use conversions and agriculture labor force statistics based on comparisons between the 1997-1998 Census and the 2002 Census of Agriculture shows that in Southern Mindanao, to which Davao del Sur is part, there are 8 landless peasants for every 10 peasants. CARP contributed largely to the ejectment of farmers and this consequent landlessness coupled with the heavy militarization to protect the interests of landlords and facilitate the entrance of large-scale destructive mining operations in the area.

Furthermore, the presence of large monopoly-market oriented investors like San Miguel Corporation, Coco Davao Inc., Franklin Baker Co., GSL Food Industries are direct manifestations that investors and bureaucrat capitalists are so eager to push out the remaining land-owning peasants and destroy the livelihood of tenant farmers in order to concentrate landholdings to themsleves. Oplan Bayanihan as the overarching state security program serves to protect the interests of big businesses in the countrysides and vainly suppress the growing peasant unrest.

Ramos notes that the failure CARP brought and which CARPer will keep up together with RA 9742 also known as the Mining Act of 1995, will further result to the utter destruction of our peasantry’s vital resource – land. And the only other solution that the Noynoy-led government puts forward is to not only drive out peasants from their resources but to eradicate them as well with merciless brutality.

According to reports of KARAPATAN, of the 9 victims of human rights violations this year, 6 of them are peasants. Of these 6 peasants, three of them have been murdered.

“May this grief that we experience as we lose our peasants be turned to resolve so that we may defy and smash the power this oppressive and exploitative system continues to inflict on us farmers who feed our nation,” Ramos exhorts.###

The 39th IB of the Philippine Army sent a bunch of flowers to the family of Rudy and Rudyric, which the daughter, Marilyn, promptly  smashed to the ground and burned.

           

 

Media Release
15 March 2011

Hustisya slams Army’s charges against rights advocates

Davao City - A group of families and relatives of victims of political killings, HUSTISYA! denounced today Lt. Col. Oliver Artuz of the 39th Infantry Batallion for desperately trying to divert the military’s accountability to the death of Rudy Dejos and his son Rudyric Dejos of Brgy. Zone-1, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

The group said that Artuz has revealed this by threatening to file cases against leaders of human rights and progressive organizations for illegal assembly during a funeral march last 09 March 2011.

“This is a clear harassment against human rights defenders. The 39th IB under Lt. Col. Artuz are desperate because the people of Sta. Cruz have spoken and have pinpointed to them as the perpetrators of the brutal killing of the Dejoses,” said Bayan Intise, spokesperson of HUSTISTYA! Southern Mindanao.

Intise said that initial result of the fact finding mission revealed that circumstantial evidence would point to the military’s culpability in this recent case of extra-judicial killing.

Intise added that documentation records of human rights group KARAPATAN showed that the military had previously threatened the victims to stop their activities in the peasant organizations that is asserting for their rights. Rudy Dejos was listed in the order of battle by the 39th IB soldiers who forced him to go to the military detachment for tactical interrogation. Last year, he was threatened by the military after knowing his involvement in a local chapter of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).

“Despite the repeated attempts to intimidate and harass him, Rudy Dejos continued to work with the KMP and its campaigns for land and livelihood, and against the military’s barangay defense system (BDS),” Intese said.

“The BDS regulated and limited the movement of community folks and local food supply. Residents have been made to write about their whereabouts in a journal. Those who enter and leave the area are obliged to give their names. Community folks have been forced to watch the military posts. Further, leaders and members of progressive organizations have been subjected to intensive surveillance and vilification which have turned the whole community into a military garrison,” Intise added.

The group also cited KARAPATAN’s documentation showing that there were already twelve (12) victims of extra-judicial killings (EJKs) all over the country perpetrated by state security agents from January to February this year. There are already 40 victims of EJKs since Pres. Aquino took office eight months ago. Five of these victims were peasants in Southern Mindanao.

“The average incident of extra-judicial killings is more than once a week under Aquino which is very alarming despite the regime’s promise of upholding human rights. Political killings must be stopped now,” Intise added.###

FOR REFERENCE:

BAYAN INTISE
Spokesperson, HUSTISYA-SMR
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Karapatan-SMR   Deputy Secretary General  Hanimay Suazo in a confrontation with 39th IB CO LtCol Oliver Artuz

   
     

Military encampment in a public place of Sitio Malusing Brgy Zone Sta Cruz DavaoSur

 

 

   

 

PRESS RELEASE
7 March 2010

KARAPATAN CHALLENGES NEW AFP CHIEF TO WEED OUT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS

As President Aquino appointed Lt. Gen. Eduardo S.L. Oban Jr. as the new 42nd chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the human rights group KARAPATAN issued a challenge for Oban "to weed out human rights violators within the state security forces".

Karapatan spokesperson Jigs Clamor said that the top three priorities spelled by Gen. Oban did not include human rights as an integral part of the AFP reforms.

Gen. Oban told the media that his top three priorities are reform against corruption, modernization and the counter-insurgency Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) dubbed by the AFP as "Bayanihan".

"Oban has obviously left out human rights among his priorities. Although the IPSP Bayanihan purports to respect human rights, there are now 40 victims of political killings since Aquino took office, ten of whom were killed since the AFP's Bayanihan was launched. Suspected perpetrators are elements of the AFP and other state-sponsored forces. Gen. Oban should look into these," Clamor said.

Among the latest victims of extrajudicial killings were BAYAN MUNA activist Rodel Estrellado of Barangay 3, Malilipot, Albay and B’laan tribal chief Rudy Dejos and his son Rody Rick Dejos of Barangay Zone-1, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Estrellado, who was abducted in Albay, was allegedly killed in an AFP encounter with the New People's Army in Camarines Sur last February 25. The Dejos father and son were killed last February 27 after having been harassed by AFP troops since July last year.
 

"Oban is duty-bound to weed out the human rights violators among the 130,000-strong AFP troops if he really wants reforms. So-called 'civil-military operations' for basic services to the communities are better left to government agencies and the 16-year old business of AFP modernization initiated by Congress in 1995 has only squandered the people's money. Plunder of the nation's coffers is bad enough. Perpetuating impunity and placing critics in coffins is worse," Karapatan stated.

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Reference: Jigs Clamor, Acting Secretary General (+63-920-946-6210)
Angge Santos, Media Liaison (+63-918-979-0580)
 

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39th IB-AFP intelligence asset punished in Davao del Sur

Ricardo Fermiza 
Spokesperson 
Magtanggol Roque Command 
Front 51 Operations Command 
NPA-Southern Mindanao 
March 7, 2011

 

Red partisans of the Magtanggol Roque Command-New People's Army in Southern Mindanao implemented the standing order against 39th IB-AFP intelligence asset Roldan Quitua, 24, last February 25 in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur.

 

Contrary to the 10th ID-AFP's vehement claims, Quitua was not a civilian but was a long standing combat intelligence asset of the 39th IB-AFP. His case officer is 39th IB-AFP's Lt. Villegas. Quitua's father is a Cafgu member in Sinuron, Santa Cruz.

 

In the last quarter of 2008, Quitua was tasked by his military handler to enlist in the NPA to gather combat intelligence. He had a short stint inside the NPA and as his duplicity was about to be uncovered he immediately abandoned his post. Quitua fed intelligence information to the 39th IB-AFP on the location and troop disposition of the NPA unit that almost resulted into two defensive actions for the NPA. Both AFP raids were fortunately thwarted by the guerilla unit after timely information relayed by the revolutionary masses. In 39th IB-AFP military operations in Davao del Sur, Quitua was involved in harassing and intimidating the masses in Santa Cruz particularly residents who are vocal against the 39th IB-AFP's rights violations and the AFP-enforced Barangay Defense System.

 

 

 

The NPA lambasted the 10th ID-AFP's fabrication that Quitua was tortured by Red fighters while the standing order was enforced and the military's misrepresentation of Quitua as a civilian. Torture and barbarity are the 39th IB-AFP's trademark and not the people's army.

 

By rendering service to the 39th IB-AFP as an intelligence asset, Quitua ceased to be a civilian. As an active agent of the 39th IB-AFP combat intelligence unit, Quitua forfeited his protected status as a civilian and rendered himself a legitimate target of the NPA. The NDFP Declaration of undertaking to apply the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and protocol 1 of 1977 had clearly stated that personnel of the AFP, PNP, paramilitary units and their intelligence elements are considered legitimate military targets.

 

The case of intelligence asset Quitua should serve as a strong warning to counter-revolutionaries and fascist troops who continue to unleash their brutality against the people.

 

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Will Rebelyn's murderers ever be punished?
Rubi Del Mundo
Spokesperson
National Democratic Front-Southern Mindanao
March 5, 2011

We remember Rebelyn Pitao in her second death anniversary today as we remember the thousand others who are victims of extrajudicial killings and disappearances under the reactionary system that breeds widespread social injustice and state-sponsored violence. Under this rotten system and the reactionary government that perpetuates it; the state-sponsored violence and the climate of impunity are the norms rather than the exception.

Two years ago today, Rebelyn Pitao, 20, a young private school teacher, was abducted, raped, tortured and mercilessly murdered by the Military Intelligence Group-Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Such contemptible barbarity committed against Rebelyn and many other civilians and non-combatants under the regime's failed anti-people and counter revolutionary Oplan Bantay Laya are the same barbarity being peddled now as 'peace and development' under US-Aquino's Oplan Bayanihan. This peace and development sham has been further exposed as no different from Gloria Arroyo's Bantay Laya.

Civilians and noncombatants like Rebelyn are fair game to the 10th ID-AFP's desperate bid to destroy the revolutionary people's movement. Justice for Rebelyn and for thousands of violent deaths and disappearances in the country remain elusive under the reactionary US-Aquino regime. GPH President Benigno Aquino III's callousness to the cries for justice of the grieving families, and his apathy to the crimes of Gloria Arroyo to the people all point to Aquino's endorsement to the condemnable extrajudicial killings by the regime's fascist apparatus on civilians and non combatants. The brutal murders of peasants Rudy Dejos, 50 and his son, Rudy Rick, 26 in the hinterlands of Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur by the 39th IB-AFP under the regime's Oplan Bayanihan speak volumes about the real intent of Aquino's "counter-insurgency" campaign.

Aquino's false pretenses to differentiate himself from the previous regime's brutal campaigns of suppression against the people and the revolutionary movement by playing the anti-corruption card are easily uncovered by the toiling masses. His internal security plan is the same as Arroyo's Bantay Laya which is both lifted from the unimaginative and failed US Counter insurgency manual. Like Oplan Bantay Laya, Aquino's so-called Bayanihan will be a failure and would only spur the rapid advance of the people's war.

Genuine justice for Rebelyn Pitao and the victims of the state-sponsored extrajudicial killings shall be attained in the revolutionary people's court and in the intensification of the people's war.

 

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