Nursing mother activist, 4 others arrested and tagged as NPA members
State forces arrested Amanda Lacaba Echanis along with her one-month old infant son at a house in Barangay Carupian, Baggao, Cagayan on December 2. Echanis is a member of Amihan and an organizer of peasant women.
Echanis is currently detained at Camp Adduro in Tuguegarao City based on trumped up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. She is the daughter of the slain National Democratic Front of the Philippines consultant Randall Echanis.
According to Karapatan, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) paid fake “witnesses” to testify against Echanis. Simultaneously, state forces raided the house of Isabelo Adviento, chairperson of the Danggayan-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.
The police also arrested transport union organizer Jose Bernardino in Sapang Maisac, Mexico, Pampanga on December 4. He was charged with a trumped up charge of rebellion.
On the same day, state forces arrested Marilou Tan in San Roque, Tinambac, Camarines Sur. She was charged wil illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Both victims were arrested in the early morning.
In Albay, state forces arrested 72-year old farmer Ronaldo Ogama at his house in Barangay Batbat, Guinobatan on November 17. He was accused of being a member of the New People’s Army (NPA).
In Kitaotao, Bukidnon, the 16th IB arrested and tortured 17-year old farmer Ruben Dano on November 19 in Barangay Balangigay. After the incident, the soldiers also tortured six other Lumad farmers and senior citizen Carlito Sordilla.
In Surigao del Norte, the 29th IB arrested Datu Danilo Kalinawan in Barangay Cawilan, Tubod in the early morning of December 2. His family is yet to be informed about his whereabouts until today.
Four women residents of Maysapang, Barangay Ususan, Taguig City were arrested after resisting the encroachment of armed goons of the R-II Builders in their community. The said company has long been planning to demolish the said community.
South Cotabato massacre. Two hors de combat Red fighters were killed by the 5th SFB and PNP at Sitio Kibang, Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu on December 2, 4:30 a.m.
The victims were identified as Romeo Libron (Ka Melvin), 60 and Ka Sarge. The fascists also killed three civilians who visited them that day, including Ka Melvin’s wife.
Killing. The police and 29th IB gunned down purok leader Ignacio Moraca Arevalo in Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City on November 25. Arevalo was a leaader of the Nagkahiusang Gagmayng Minero.
The PNP-Sison also killed businessman Josefino “Lalo” Calang at around 12 a.m. on November 26. He was accused as a member of the people’s militia.
Bombing. The AFP Northern Luzon Command repeatedly strafed and thrice shelled Barangay Lawak Langka, Mangatarem, Pangasinan on November 24, forcing residents to forgo work for several days.
The 29th IB also dropped seven bombs and strafed communities in Santiago, Agusan del Norte on November 25.