FARMERS ROMNICK Vargas, Juan Dikino and Alden Javier were arrested by 2nd IB and police elements in Barangay Cabas-an, Aroroy, Masbate on Abril 10. The three were apprehended after an encounter between the said troopers and an NPA unit. The victims were accused of being members of the people’s militia.
On the same day, the troopers burned the house of Basyon Meralles and forcibly evicted residents Jun Dikino and Marven “Binoy” Grazil from the village.
The said attacks were spearheaded by 2Lt. Jay Zachary Tunguia.
Under the guise of the Retooled Community Support Program, the military and police continues to conduct counterinsurgency operations in the towns of Aroroy, Mandaon, Claveria, San Pascual, Batuan, Monreal, San Fernando, San Jacinto and Cawayan in Masbate, covering at least 24 barangays.
In Ticao island, soldiers gunned down civilian Kiko Garamay, 30, on March 10. The victim was a resident of Barangay Rizal, Monreal. On the next day, the troopers also killed civilian Nongnong Hermosa, 50, a resident of Sitio Elawod, Barangay Macarthur in the same town.