Groups Protest AFP Massacre of Civilians

JUNE 17, 2015
PRESS RELEASE
KARAPATAN-SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION
CONTACT PERSON: HANIMAY SUAZO
0932-198-6728

Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of Karapatan-SMR, slammed the 69th IB and Eastern Mindanao Command of the AFP in a protest in Camp Felix Apolinario, Davao City. Suazo decried the accusations of the military, saying that the victims of the Paquibato massacre were civilians. (PHOTO AND CAPTION BY LAZ OLALO, KARAPATAN-SMR)
JUSTICE FOR THE PAQUIBATO 3 Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of Karapatan-SMR, slammed the 69th IB and Eastern Mindanao Command of the AFP in a protest in Camp Felix Apolinario, Davao City. Suazo decried the accusations of the military, saying that the victims of the Paquibato massacre were civilians. (PHOTO AND CAPTION BY LAZ OLALO, KARAPATAN-SMR)

DAVAO CITY- Militant groups stormed the Eastern Mindanao Command today, decrying the killings of the 69th IB of three peasants in the Paquibato Massacre.

The groups condemned how the military distorted the civilian identities of the three farmers killed, claiming them as members of the NPA.

“The AFP’s statements are all lies. Barangay leaders and residents in Paquibato can all attest that Datu Ruben Enlog, Randy Carnasa, and Oligario Quimbo are civilians, not combatants of the New People’s Army,” said Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of Karapatan-SMR.

Yesterday family members of the victims were given time to speak before the city council to assert the civilian status of their slain kin.

In his privilege speech,  Coun. Karlo Bello presented the families of the victims. “Ang akong papa isa ka kaabag sa simbahan, former purok leader, unya panday, unya trabahante sa kompanya sa Puyod,” (“My father is a lay worker at church, a former purok leader, a carpenter, a worker in the company of Puyod [a banana factory])JB Carnasa, son of Randy Carnasa, told the councilors of the city.

“Nganong mag-ingon man sila na ang akong bana NPA? 36 ka tuig na mi nag-ipon sa akong bana, ang iyang trabaho yanong mag-uuma, dili NPA,” (“Why would they say that my husband is an NPA? We’ve been wed for 36 years, his job is as a simple farmer, not an NPA”) said Josefina Enlog, widow of tribal leader Ruben Enlog.

“Ang akong bana dili NPA, sumala sa mga propaganda nila, na ang namatay miyembro sa New People’s Army. Dili na tinuod,” (My husband is not an NPA, (contrary to) what their (military’s) propaganda is, that the dead were members of the NPA. That is not true,” she added.

Ultimately, the victims demanded that justice be dispensed for their massacred kin. “Unta matagaan ug saktong hustisya ang nahitabo sa akong bana ug sa iyang mga kaubang sibilyan. Unta mahatagan ug hustisya ang ilang kamatayon,” (“I hope that my husband and his civilian companions will be given the right justice. I hope their deaths will be given that”), said Josefina Enlog.

A fact-finding mission that will be participated by various groups on June 19-20  was also brought up during the session, where the support of the city councilors was sought.

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