Army issues shoot-to-kill order on NE
BY GITNANG LUZON NEWS SERVICE
3:25 p.m., Nov. 5, 2006
The Philippine Army issued on
Saturday, November 4, shoot-to-kill order on Maximo Ayunga, village
council member in Barangay Culong, Guimba, Nueva Ecija and chairperson
of the Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon-Nueva Ecija chapter (AMGL-NE
or Alliance of Peasants in Central Luzon).
In a statement released to media,
Pastora Betty Perido, secretary-general of Karapatan-NE (Alliance for
the Advancement of People’s Rights-Nueva Ecija chapter), said that the
order was issued by 2nd Lt. Reynaldo Sabangan during a
meeting with residents in the morning of November 4 at the village hall
of Culong. Sabangan is the commanding officer of the army unit stationed
in Barangay (village) Culong.
Aside from Maximo, Alfredo, his
father, and Hilario, his brother, are also included in the shoot-to-kill
order being in a list of 15 persons whom the military claims were
involved in a plan to attack the barracks in the village.
Ayunga and members of his family
as well as other residents of Barangay Culong have been forced to leave
their homes and seek refuge elsewhere for fear of military attack,
Ayunga, 41, is active in protests
against the extra-judicial killing of civilians and other gross human
rights violations allegedly committed by the military in Nueva Ecija and
the rest of Central Luzon, Karapatan-NE said
Last September, his house was set
on fire allegedly by military agents.
“The military is blatantly using
the counter-insurgency campaign as a pretext to harass and kill
civilians, including elected government officials,” Perido said.
“Without basis whatsoever, the
military came out with a list of 15 persons and have now arrogated unto
themselves absolute power over the lives of their supposed suspects who
are legitimate residents,” Perido said. Posted by Bulatlat
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