State forces illegally arrest 6 farmers
Six farmers were arrested by armed state agents these past weeks. The victims were arrested while the military were combing peasant communities, and forcing residents to surrender.
On October 17, the police arrested Cristina Magistrado, former organizer of Amihan-Cagayan, at her house in Binangonan, Rizal based on trumped-up charges. She was brought to a police station in Tuguegarao City where she is currently detained and being interrogated.
In Sorsogon, state forces arrested Sonny G. Nace. He was accused of being a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) on the basis of firearms planted as evidence. Nace, a resident of Barangay Tulatula Sur, Magallanes, works as a small-town lottery agent.
In the same province, the 31st IB and police have been terrorizing at least nine barangays in Donsol and seven in Pilar for two months now. The NPA-Sorsogon reported on October 14 that more than 20 residents were subjected to intimidation and coerced to surrender as NPA members.
On September 27, the 85th IB arrested couple Leonina Ilag and Poli Naval at Sitio Hagakhak, Barangay Malaya, General Luna, Quezon after an encounter between an NPA unit and the 85th IB near their house.
Two residents of Barangay Maraiging, Jabonga, Agusan del Sur were also arrested by the 29th IB after an NPA raid in the said area on September 28. The victims were identified as Andre Pinao and Tungan Lauro.