activists killed in 24 Hours
1 missing since July 28
Posted 2:10 p.m., July 31, 2006
Three activists were
killed in the last 24 hours in the regions of Northern and Central Luzon
and Sorsogon province, the three priority areas of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo’s all-out-war policy.
Dr. Chandu Claver,49,
Bayan Muna-Kalinga Chapter chair, and his wife, Alice, 42, were ambushed
at around 7 a.m. today, July 31, in front of St. Toni’s College by two
unidentified gunmen on board a black van. The couple was dropping off
their daughter to school. At 1 p.m. Alice was pronounced dead at
the Kalinga Provincial Hospital while Claver is in critical condition.
Their daughter was unhurt.
Earlier at around 6
a.m., Rie Mon Guran, 21, spokesperson of League of Filipino Students in
Aquinas University in Legazpi City was shot to death in Bulan, Sorsogon by
an unidentified gunman. Guran was shot four times and sustained multiple
At 4 a.m. yesterday,
July 30, Mario Florendo, 56 was killed inside his home in Barangay
(village) Parista in the town of Lupao, province of Nueva Ecija, according
to Karapatan-Nueva Ecija (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)
secretary general Beatriz Perido.
The murder of the
three brings to 121 the total of civilians killed since January 2006
Also in Lupao,
Dionisio Malapit, a peasant leader of Balbalungao village was abducted on
July 28. Perido said the abductors also beat up Malapit’s son then burned
his house before leaving. Perido said they were also confirming reports
of two other peasants killed in the villages of Salvacion and Bagong
Flores, also in Lupao.
counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya, the president named the
regions of Ilocos-Cordillera, Central Luzon and the province of Sorsogon
as three of its priority areas. Bulatlat
Kalinga Bayan Muna head wounded, wife killed in
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