DUMAGUETE CITY — Marking the commeration of the 38th aniversary of the declaration of martial law in 1972, progressive groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Negros Oriental, held protest actions on Tuesday, condemning the ‘state of undeclared martial law’ in the province and the extension of the counter insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya.
Oplan Bantay Laya, implemented by the 302nd Infantry Brigade and 79th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, had already resulted in six cases of extrajudicial killings in Negros Oriental, including the murder of Fermin Lorico, chairperson of Kahugpungan Alang sa Ugma sa mga Gagmay’ng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros (KAUGMAON)-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas on June 2009.
On June 28, 2010, Fernando “Andot” Dejino was shot dead by unidentified gunmen while on his way home with his wife and mother. Dejino, was an active member Kasayan Farmers Association (KASAYFA), which actively opposed the expansion and operation of jathropa plantation in Siaton, Negros Oriental. (Photos by Mordino M. Visitacion / Bulatlat.com)