“Birthday party turned into massacre”- HR Group

MEETING THE MAYOR Ruben Enlog (third from left, in brown shirt) and Aida Seisa (2nd from right, in black and white top) met with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte last April 20 for a dialogue informing the mayor of the human rights violations perpetrated by the AFP   in lumad communities, in particular Paquibato.
MEETING THE MAYOR Ruben Enlog (third from left, in brown shirt) and Aida Seisa (2nd from right, in black and white top) met with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte last April 20 for a dialogue informing the mayor of the human rights violations perpetrated by the AFP in lumad communities, in particular Paquibato.

JUNE 15, 2015
PRESS RELEASE
KARAPATAN-SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION
CONTACT PERSON: HANIMAY SUAZO
0932-198-6728

DAVAO CITY- Two days after the strafing incident against Aida Seisa, human rights group Karapatan-SMR provided the context of events that night.

“It was the birthday of one of Aida’s daughters. Things were merry when all of a sudden elements of the 69th IB arrived. Moments later, the jovial atmosphere was replaced by the smell of gunpowder, when the military fired at them,” Suazo said.

She said, “Seisa’s 14 year old daughter sustained a shrapnel wound to her left shoulder, probably the worst thing she received for her birthday, and for all her birthdays to come.”

“Datu Enlog is the 44th victim of extra judicial killings under Aquino administration. This shows the reign of impunity under the current regime” she added.

Suazo lamented that almost every aspect of the lives of the residents in Paquibato have been terrorized by the 69th IB.

“From farmers who are labelled as NPA’s when they work too long in their farms, to youths who are accused as bombers when they happen to be in proximity to areas of encounter, the people of Paquibato are the targets of the operations of the 69th IB. This has resulted to the disruption of their daily activities, thus making more difficult the lives of the poor peasants in Paquibato, Suazo concluded”

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