Pro­gres­sive groups lead probe on spate of killings in Gui­hul­ngan City

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CEBU CITY -- “Murag gi­himo na nila nga killing field and syu­dad sa Gui­hul­ngan (It seems like they turned the City of Gui­hul­ngan into a killing field),” Bagong Alyansang Mak­abayan (Bayan) chair­per­son for Cen­tral Visayas Jaime Pagli­nawan said Fri­day, Septem­ber 15.

The group, to­gether with Kara­p­atan Cen­tral Visayas, an al­liance for the ad­vance­ment of peo­ple’s rights, will spear­head the Mercy Mis­sion and Fact-Find­ing Mis­sion on the suc­ces­sive and cease­less killings in Gui­hul­ngan City, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal on Septem­ber 14 to 15.

“The killing spree of res­i­dents of Gui­hul­ngan by sus­pected el­e­ments of the state hap­pened af­ter the July 21 am­bush of the NPA among mem­bers of Gui­hul­ngan PNP. Re­port­edly and ac­cord­ing to some wit­nesses, the se­ries of killings have the same pat­tern. The vic­tims were gunned down by rid­ing in tan­dem,” said Den­nis Abari­en­tos, spokesper­son of Kara­p­atan Cen­tral Visayas.

Niño Olay­var, spokesper­son of Anakbayan Cebu, said one of the first vic­tims of ex­tra ju­di­cial killings af­ter the am­bush in­ci­dent was Glen Ab­sin, a for­mer mem­ber of the League of Filipino Stu­dents-Cebu.

Olay­var added that in just two months, there were al­ready eight cases of EJK in Gui­hul­ngan City alone.

In­cluded among the vic­tims of EJK in the city were Le­boy Tec­son, the vice-chair­per­son of Pa­malakaya- Gui­hul­ngan and Os­car Asildo Jr., a Bayan Muna or­ga­nizer and worked as a book­keeper in DepEd Di­vi­sion Of­fice in Gui­hul­ngan.

Nick Aba­solo, chair­per­son of Kilu­sang Mag­bubukid ng Pilip­inas Cebu said that mem­bers of a peas­ant or­ga­ni­za­tion un­der KMP and their fam­i­lies also re­ceived death threats.

“The se­ries of killings and threats among lo­cal lead­ers of farm­ers’ or­ga­ni­za­tions as well as their al­lies has planted an at­mos­phere of ter­ror in the com­mu­nity while there was no ac­tion from the po­lice to solve or give lead to the se­ries of killings, so the cul­ture of im­punity pre­vails and cre­ated fear among the lo­cal peo­ple,” said Pa­trick Tor­res, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Farm­ers De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter.

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