Justice for the Victims of Paquibato Massacre!

(We are reposting the official statement of PASAKA Confederation of Lumad Organizations in Southern Mindanao. Aida Seisa, a Bagobo-Djangan, and Ruben Enlog, a Ata, were members of PASAKA.)

JUNE 15, 2015
PRESS STATEMENT
PASAKA CONFEDERATION OF LUMAD ORGANIZATIONS IN SOUTHERN MINDANAO
CONTACT PERSON: ISIDRO INDAO
0910-330-3735

On midnight of June 14, an unknown number of forces from the 69th IB strafed the residence of well-known peasant and IP leader Aida Seisa which resulted to the killing of three people and wounded one of her children.

The three dead are Ruben Enlog, Randy Carnasa, and Garyo Quimbo, all farmers residing within the Paquibato District. Enlog was the leader of NAGKALUPA (Nagkahiusang Lumad Maguuma sa Paquibato/ United Peasant Farmers of Paquibato). Randy Carnasa was a religious leader and former purok president in the area of his death. Garyo Quimbo was guitarist in the church in Sitio Panulawan, Brgy. Malabog.

Datu Ruben Enlog is the 44th victim of extra-judicial killing perpetrated by the AFP in Southern Mindanao under BS Aquino regime.

On the eve of June 14, the family of Aida Seisa was celebrating the birthday of one of her daughters with the rest of the guests when the massacre transpired. Aida and her children were able to escape the incident.

The military photographed the dead bodies and placed explosives and rifles behind their corpses and later the 10th ID claimed them as members of the New People’s Army to the media and public.

The victims were friends of Aida Seisa. Seisa is the secretary-general of Paquibato District Peasant Alliance (PADIPA) and vice-chairperson of SABOKAHAN Confederation of Lumad Women. Seisa has been known as a stalwart opposition to the human rights violations of the AFP in the region, and a vocal leader in the lumad struggle against encroachment by mining operations.

Aida Seisa, along with her now dead companions, are not members of the New People’s Army. They are frontliners in the people’s struggle to uphold human rights and protection of ancestral land.

The AFP are experts in twisting facts and fabricating lies, but no media wordplay will dilute the civilian status of the Paquibato 3. The residents of the area can attest to the fact that the dead were civilians who possessed no arms.

The attempt to Seisa’s life and the death of the Paquibato 3 can only be interpreted as a move by the state to silence the voice of opposition to its subservience and fascism. The AFP’s claims that they have killed NPA’s is aimed towards creating the illusion of legitimacy in claiming the lives of innocent people. The attack to Aida Seisa and the killing of three is an attack to the entire indigenous and peasant population, who in their fight for genuine land reform and right to self-determination have been made targets of state extermination.

The death of the Paquibato 3 that happened only a day after a fact-finding mission in Sitio Quimoted, Paquibato have unravelled the terrorist actions of the 69th IB. This goes to show that the AFP’s fascist character shows no fear over the efforts of the people to expose its crimes, as if to mock them and say that it cannot be punished for its atrocities.

We from PASAKA Confederation of Lumad Organization in Southern Mindanao, condemn in strongest possible term the attempted killing of our kin Aida Seisa and family and the murder of Datu Ruben Enlog, Randy Canasa and Garyo Quimbo. We call for justice for the Paquibato 3. We call for an end to impunity, an end to the red baiting and red tagging of lumads. We demand that the 69th IB be pulled out from Paquibato, along with all the military forces who have brought terror amongst the IP-peasant population in the countryside. We demand that those responsible for the massacre of the Paquibato 3 be punished, along with the many other paid or hired killers of the state like the paramilitary group led by despotic, fake tribal leaders. ###

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