89th IB guns down peasant leader in Bukidnon


Farmer Veneranda Guinanao, member of the Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women-Bukidnon, was killed after elements of the 89th IB strafed her house at Purok 5, Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon on August 19. Her husband Reynaldo Guinanao and son Christian were wounded in the incident. The couple are members of the Buffalo-Tamaraw-Limus (BTL), while Reynaldo is a leader of KASAMA-Bukidnon. BTL is a local peasant organization opposed to landgrabbing by the Central Mindanao University. In 2020, the NTF-ELCAC coerced members of the said organization to “surrender” as “Red fighters.”

In Misamis Oriental, suspected state agents gunned down Gerald Ral, member of the Balingasag Farmers Association and Hiniusang Mag-uuma sa Blanco in Lagonglong town on August 21. He and his brother were on their way to the market to deliver bananas when he was killed. Ral has long been subjected to harassment by the 58th IB and accused of being an NPA member.

In Gamay and Mapanas, Northern Samar, five farmers were strafed by the Special Action Force on August 6 and 15. The policemen mistook the victims as Red fighters.

In Sorsogon, state forces illegally arrested farmer Ruel Habitan Escolano, 59, in Barangay San Pascual, Casiguran on August 20, whom they accuse of being an NPA member. He was slapped with trumped up charges of rape and frustrated murder.

89th IB guns down peasant leader in Bukidnon