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Chairperson, secretary of peasant organization ambushed by unidentified assailants in Valencia town, Bukidnon province

Case: Extrajudicial killing and frustrated extrajudicial killing

Victim/s:
JULIETO LAURON (Killed)
- 41, male, married with 4 children
- Chairperson of Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma (Kasama or Association of Farmers)-Vintar Chapter, Valencia City

NERMIE LAPATIS (Frustrated killing, survived with injuries)
- 41, female, married, member of the Higaonon indigenous people’s tribe
- Secretary of Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma (Kasama) – Vintar, Valencia City Chapter

Place of Incident:  Juanilla Village, Poblacion, Valencia City, Bukidnon province
Date of Incident:  05 February 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):
Two unidentified men aboard a motorcycle, believed to be members of State security forces

Account of the Incident:
In the morning of February 5, 2014, Julieto Lauron was driving a motorcycle with Nermie Lapatis. They were on their way to the village of Hindangon, Valencia City when two unidentified men on a red motorcycle overtook them, blocked their way and immediately shot Lauron and Lapatis.

Lauron who was hit on his neck, chest and stomach immediately died, while Lapatis was hit in her right knee. The assailants quickly escaped.

Farmers’ group, woman rights defender threatened in Aurora province, Central Luzon, Philippines

Case:    Threat, harassment and intimidation, surveillance

Victim/s:    

ROSEMARIE ROJAS, 44
- Community organizer and coordinator of Samahang Magbubukid na Kababaihan (Samaka or Association of Women Farmers), and  Panlalawigang Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid ng Aurora (Pamana or Alliance of Peasants in the Aurora Province)

At least 42 households and residents of Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Zabali, Baler, Aurora

Staff members of Pamana

Places of Incident:    
- Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Zabali, Baler, Aurora
- The Pamana office located in Maria Aurora town, Aurora

Dates of Incident:    January 16 and 17, 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):
Two unidentified men believed to be the State intelligence agents; and, at least 15 elements of the 56th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army.

Account of the Incident:

On the evening of January 16, 2014, members of the Philippine Army surrounded the house of peasant organizer Rosemarie Rojas.

According to Rojas’s neighbors, at least 15 members of the 56th Infantry Battalion arrived in their community past 11:00 p.m. The soldiers surrounded Rojas’s house, as some soldiers were lying face-down on the grassy lot across the street, their guns trained at the house. A number of soldiers entered Rojas’s yard, peeked through the windows and through the small gaps on the walls.

Military occupies community-based school in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, Philippines

UA Case :
  • Attacks on or Use of Schools for Military Purposes;
  • Endangerment of Civilians;
  • Threat, harassment and intimidation;
  • Violation of Domicile

Victim/s:
  • 230 pupils and 5 teachers of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center (STTICLC), a community-based school of Matigsalog indigenous people accredited by the Department of Education
  • 51 households near the STTICLC

Place of Incident :

Anti-mining advocate shot dead in Maco, Compostela Valley province, Philippines

UA Case:    Extrajudicial killing

Victim/s:    MARCELO C. MONTERONA, Jr.

  • Male, 41, married with three children  ages 16, 14 and 12
  • Self-employed mechanic and driver
  • Resident of Maco town, Compostela Valley province
  • Council member, Indug Kautawan, Maco chapter of Barug Katawhan (People Rise Up! a group of typhoon “Pablo” survivors in Maco)
  • Member, Kabalikat Civicom – Maragusan Chapter

Place of Incident:    Near the victim’s house in Elizalde village, Maco, Compostela Valley

Date of Incident:    3 January 2014

Alleged Perpetrator(s):    Two unidentified men believed to be members of the 71st Infantry Battalion Philippine Army on board a motorcycle.

Account of the Incident:

On January 3, 2014, Marcelo Monterona was fixing his multicab vehicle. At around 11 a.m., he went to Km. 11 on-board his motorcycle to borrow a sparkplug ring from his friend Edgardo Sedillo, a bakery owner. Sedillo’s bakery is about 600 meters from Monterona’s residence. While waiting for Sedillo, Monterona noticed seven army soldiers in uniform at a neighbourhood store across the street. Right after Monterona got the sparkplug ring, he returned to his house to continue fixing the multicab.

At around 12:00 noon, Monterona tested the multicab on the road in front of his house. He was some 13 meters from his house when two unidentified men, aboard an XRM motorcycle, stopped near the driver’s seat of the multicab. Witnesses said the gunman went straight to the driver’s seat and shot Monterona with a .45 caliber pistol, hitting him on the left side of his mouth. He tried to crawl out of the vehicle through the passenger’s side. But the gunman got on the vehicle through the driver’s side door and shot Monterona several times more before speeding away.

Monterona fell out of the vehicle and was rushed to a hospital in Tagum City by his wife and son. Sedillo, who was grazed by a stray bullet in the stomach, was also brought to the hospital.

URGENT APPEAL: RELEASE EDUARDO SARMIENTO NOW!

Dear friends and colleagues,

Greetings of peace!

On 11 December 2013, Eduardo Sarmiento, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the peace process with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH), was sentenced to 20 to 40 years imprisonment by Judge Myra Bayot Quiambao of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 203, on the basis of trumped up criminal charge of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Lawyers of Sarmiento are challenging the conviction, through a motion for reconsideration filed before the local court, and have also sought, for the second time, for the judge to inhibit herself from the case. These pleas are expected to be heard on Friday, 17 January 2014.

His arrest and detention is based on allegations of fabricated charges of arson, multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder filed against him in the courts of Samar and of illegal possession of firearms and explosives in Muntinlupa. All the charges in Samar have been dismissed due to lack of evidence.

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