Ang Bayan
March 07, 2021

Successive killing of 5 civilians in Bicol

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Five civilians were killed by the military and police in separate incidents since March 1 in Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur. The military claimed that all of the victims were killed after attempting to “fight back,” and that they were all members or supporters of the New People’s Army.

Three were massacred in Barangay Lanot, Mercedes, Camarines Norte on March 3. The fascists gunned down the victims who were identified as Enrique Cabilles, Arnel Candelaria and Nomer Peda.

In Labo, soldiers killed village watchman Melandro Verso in Barangay Talobatib on March 1. Around 70 soldiers raided his house. On the same day, another resident was killed in Barangay Balogo, Pasacao, Camarines Sur.

Arrest. In Sorsogon, the 22nd IB arrested farmer Salvador Magas in Barangay Marinab, Bulan on February 23. The victim sustained a gunshot wound during the operation.

In December 2020, the military also arrested Enriqueta Guelas, 62, and Elizabeth Estilon, 41 in Barangay Lalud, Bulusan. Estilon was pregnant during the arrest. They are the second batch of victims charged with violating the Anti-Terror Law.

In Negros Occidental, joint forces of the 94th IB and police raided three houses in Barangay San Antonio, Himamaylan City on March 3. Arrested during the operation were farmers Salvador Carpentero and Jillian Delfin.

AB (2021-03-07): Successive killing of 5 civilians in Bicol