The protest rally, held in commemoration of Roque’s first death anniversary, calls for justice for all children killed by the state forces.
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Kids who are already exploited due to poverty and oppression are deliberate targets of Armed Forces of the Phils’ operations in hapless communities its suspect as under the control or are supportive of the revolutionary movement.
Yesterday, Roque Antivo, the eight-year-old boy who was killed due to strafing by uniformed men, was laid to rest. On April 3, soldiers of the 71st Infantry Battalion Alpha Company of the Philippine Army strafed the house of a peasant family in Sitio Kidaraan, Barangay Anitapan, Mabini, Compostela Valley. Antivo was killed. His two brothers…
“Nisinggit pa gani ko, mga bata mi sir, tulo ka beses, ayha sila miundang og pabuto, dayon mitubag sila, sa ibabaw ra daw sila nagpabuto, (I shouted at them three times, that we are kids, then they stopped firing and replied that they were firing at the hills,” Alvin said, adding that he immediately went to Roque when the gunfire stopped.
The 13-year-old wounded boy, Jonas, (not his real name) who is still recuperating at the Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City is now “heavily guarded” by military men of the 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army. Hanimay Suazo, secretary general of human rights group, Karapatan, told Davao Today in a text message that the family of the victim is insulted and feel harassed by this act of the military.