CHRA CONDEMNS AFP'S
MILITARY TERRORISM IN KALINGA; TWO FARMER-HUNTERS KILLED BEFORE
In a span of four months, two innocent farmer-hunters were killed
by the elements of the 21st and the 77th Infantry Battalion of the
Philippine Army (IBPA) in Kalinga.
The latest incident involved a Barangay Kagawad
of Upper Uma, Lubuagan, Kalinga who was summarily executed by the
elements of the 21st and the 77th IBPA.
Based on the interviews conducted by the Cordillera
Peoples Alliance (CPA)-Kalinga with the family and the residents
of Upper Uma, that on July 20, 2008, Brgy, Kagawad, Rocky "Ungki"
Aboli, went to his farm in Mt. Bulos, Duyaas, Uma, Lubuagan, Kalinga
to guard his crops from wild animals.
On the same day at around 4:15 in the afternoon,
community folks heard gunshots at the area where the victim headed.
The residents send five youth to check the incident but were not
allowed by the AFP saying that Rocky is safe and that he is being
On July 21, 2008, members of the Uma tribe mobilized
and preceded to the place of incident only to find out that Rocky
is lying dead on the ground. Allegedly, the AFP stated that Rocky
fired to their direction first before they shot him to death.
In a press release issued by the 5th Infantry Division
based in Upi, Gamu, Isabela even claimed that Rocky was killed during
an encounter between the government troops and the New Peoples Army
Earlier, on April 4, 2008, the same company was
involved in a killing of another innocent farmer-hunter in Mabongtot,
Lubuagan, Kalinga. Rey "Aginawang" Logao and another companion
were on their way to get some cows in their pastureland in Mabongtot,
to be butchered during a wake of their neighbour, when they encountered
around 15 to 21 members of the 21st and 77th IB based at Bantay,
Tabuk City headed by 2nd Lt. Aris Apduhan. Rey was shot when he
tried to put his hand on air.
The CHRA strongly denounce the on going atrocities,
gross violations of indigenous peoples and collective rights being
perpetrated by the 21st and 77th IBPA against innocent civilians
in Kalinga and in the region. The victims should be given justice
and the perpetrators must be punished.
Since 2002, at least 13 civilians were killed at
the hands of the State through its armed forces. All these victims
were falsely accused as combatants and members or supporters of
the NPA. .
We, therefore condemn in the strongest terms these
military atrocities, the culture of impunity, the killings of innocent
Until justice is not served and human rights violations
continue, the people will persist and pursue to struggle for genuine
peace and social justice
Then, the ouster of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will
be a victory in our human rights struggle.