By Baretang Bikolnon Staff
SORSOGON CITY – Karapatan-Sorsogon condemns continued extrajudicial killings in communities which the recent Irosin shooting incident marked 22nd in province’s record.
According to the group, EJKs were perpetrated by 31st Infantry Battalion and 903rd Infantry Patriot Brigade of Philippine Army as collateral for Duterte’s brutal counter-insurgency program – Oplan Kapayapaan.
On September 26, Arlo G. Gamba, 28, tricycle driver, was shot dead by two unidentified male persons in Bgy. San Pedro, Irosin. Gamba was a resident of Bgy. San Julian in Irosin and former youth activist in the province.
On September 24, Rodolfo Abion, 45, tricycle driver, escaped death when two identified persons also tried to kill him. He got one gunshot wound on his right arm and was medicated in Irosin Hospital.
According to Abion, it was his third time when elements of AFP tried to kill him suspecting he was a member of New People’s Army (NPA).
The allegation was not true according to the residents.
“Sakin wala akong maling ginawa sa kanila. Yun lang talaga. Hindi ko nga alam kung ano dahilan kung bakit gusto nila akong patayin. Hinihinalaan nila akong NPA, yung lang sapat na dahilan nila eh,” Abion said.
“Hindi ko lubos maisip na talaga. Matindi talaga ang administrasyon ni Duterte,” Abion added. “Patayan talaga.”
According to Karapatan-Sorsogon, the civilians suffer in the intensified militarization in communities.
“Duterte’s Administration is no different from Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law. It’s not declared Martial Law here in Bicol but it’s worse than martial law before,” said Guillermo Abraham, Karapatan-Sorsogon spokesperson.
“There are widespread checkpoints, harassment and killings especially here in Sorsogon which tops the province with 22 recorded EJKs across Bicol region,” Abraham said.
Karapatan-Sorsogon demands to stop the killings and attacks in the province. Militarization in the gist of Oplan Kapayaan only creates fear and impunity in communities according to the group. (BaretangBikolnon.com/Featured Photo from Mon Licup’s Facebook)