Palace con­demns killing

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THE Mala­cañang con­demned “in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms” the bru­tal killing of the nine farm work­ers in Sa­gay City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal

Satur­day night

In a state­ment Sun­day night, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son and Chief Pres­i­den­tial Le­gal Coun­sel Sal­vador Panelo said: “the Palace is deeply per­turbed to learn about the in­ci­dent and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) has al­ready been or­dered to con­duct a thor­ough and im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion on this das­tardly act.”

“The Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent ad­heres to the prin­ci­ple that the right to life shall re­main un­threat­ened by pro­pri­etary in­ter­ests, and this ex­tends to agrar­ian set­tings,” Panelo said.

He as­sured the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies of this “ex­tremely cruel act” the gov­ern­ment will “en­force the full wrath of the law against its per­pe­tra­tors.”

The fa­tal­i­ties in­clud­ing four women and nine mi­nors be­longed to the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Sugar Work­ers.

Three of the vic­tims were al­legedly burned by the sus­pects.

The vic­tims oc­cu­pied the farm owned by a cer­tain Car­men To­lentino on Satur­day morn­ing.

In the evening, some uniden­ti­fied armed men pep­pered with bul­lets the farm­ers’ makeshift shel­ter, killing the nine vic­tims in­stantly.

Gover­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. an­nounced Sun­day that P500,000 re­ward will be of­fered to any­body in ex­change for in­for­ma­tion that will lead to the ar­rest of the sus­pects.

The po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.*

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