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