Army staged fake encounter, summary execution of four captured Red Fighters feared

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Early in the morning today, troops from the 94th Infantry Battalion and the reconnaissance Battalion of the 303rd Brigade with the Negros Occidental Police Mobile Force Company raided a hut in Sitio Calunakon, Barangay Santol, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental where six Red Fighters were temporarily resting. Many of them contacted flu and other illnesses. Their medical situation prompted them to rest for a while to recover.

They were barely armed and not in the position to give battle. The captured Red Fighters are identified as follows:

1.Roel “Ka Jack” Ladera
2. Nica “Ka Chai” dela Cruz
3. Alden “Ka Rocky” Rodriguez
4. Roel “Ka Caloy” Deguit

Despite having apprehended them without a fight, the soldiers fired their assault rifles, machine guns and grenade rifles as if they were in a gun battle. This is a strong indication of their intention to execute and to present them to the media as killed in an encounter.

International Humanitarian Law dictates the humane of prisoners of war and the said Red Fighters should be accorded the all the rights pursuant to the Geneva Convention and the CARHIHL. ###

Army staged fake encounter, summary execution of four captured Red Fighters feared
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