While the Anti-Terror Law is still being debated upon in the Supreme Court on how it violates democratic rights, the reactionary state is perpetrating unabated attacks against the people especially in remote areas that are far from the eyes of the media and magistrates. Two children have been recently victimized by the Duterte regime’s dirty war which targets civilians. The victims also include members of organizations repeatedly red-tagged by the military in the past.
Attacks on children’s rights. Baby Carlen, a 1-month old infant and daughter of political detainee Nona Espinosa died on February 14 due to a lung complication and blood infection.
She was separated from her mother three days after she was born. Espinosa and eight others were arrested in September 2020 in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
In Maguindanao, six-year old Saad Abdulkadir Tumbi also died on the same day due to infection caused by the wounds he sustained when their house in Barangay Sambulawan, Datu Salibo, Maguindanao was hit by a mortar splinter launched by 6th ID on December 13, 2020. Four other civilians, including another child, were wounded during the said incident.
Political killing. Two suspects gunned down Lucresia Tasic, barangay councilor of Hanopol Norte, Balilihan, Bohol inside her house last February 16. Tasic was an active supporter of and campaigner for Anakpawis partylist during the previous elections.
Last February 8, elements of the 90th and 72nd IB killed three farmers in Marinangao, Barangay Sarayan, Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato.
The police made it appear that the victims were killed after attempting to “fight back.” The victims were identified as Buenaventura Dawal and spraying machine operator Dennis Nogollos. Dawal’s housemate who works as a staff of a local agricultural institution, was also killed.
Arrest. The police arrested Rogelio de Asis, chairperson of Pamalakaya-Caraga and member of the Promotion of Church People’s Response, inside his house in Barangay Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on February 11. He was slapped with a trumped-up murder charge.
Last February 6, the police arrested activist and health worker Vilma Dalangin-Yecyec, 72, in Mainit, Surigao del Norte. The victim was accused of being an NPA member.
In Baggao, Cagayan, the police raided the house of Ruben Salvador, barangay chairman of Agaman last February 8. His house was searched through using a warrant issued by Judge Shiela Gacutan-Labuguen of the Baggao Municipal Trial Court. The police planted evidences of firearms and explosives to justify the arrest.
Bombing. The military repeatedly bombed the communities near Barangay Masaya, Buenavista, Quezon after engaging in an encounter with an NPA unit in the said barangay in the early morning of February 5. This traumatized and disturbed the lives of 26,200 residents in the neighboring towns of Buenavista, San Narciso, Catanauan and Mulanay. At least 20 barangays in Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna and Catanauan are currently under focused military operations.
In Mountain Province, two military helicopters bombed farmlands and pasteurlands of residents in Barangay Tamboan, Besao last February 11. After the bombing, troops of the 7th IB and Philippine National Polce-Cordillera indiscriminately strated the area.
Harassment. The Bureau of Immigration formally ordered the deportation of Otto De Vries, a missionary from the Netherlands and a volunteer researcher of the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education & Research last February 18.
Demolition. More than 50 houses were illegally demolished by around 150 goons of landgrabber Pablito Encarnacion, along with the police in sa Barangay Liwayway, Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija on February 17.
The goons and police did not have a demolition permit and have not informed the residents about the demolition.