Abra National Solidarity Mission (NSM) Update 2:
Lacub, Abra—“The military positioned themselves among us, civilians. We did not want them to join us, but they insisted. We did not want to go to with them back to the Poblacion but they forced us,” said “Boyette”. “Boyette”, who requested members of the National Solidarity Mission in Abra not to use his real name, was among the eight men from Lacub Poblacion used as human shield by the elements of the 41st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) during the September 4 and 5 military operation. Said operation resulted in the killing of two civilians, Engr. Fidela Salvador and Noel Viste and seven members of the New People’s Army.
A National Solidarity Mission (NSM) to Lacub, Abra commenced yesterday, as representatives of various people’s organizations, human rights groups and progressive partylist organizations joined human rights workers and peace advocates in Northern Luzon. The mission is set to investigate human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Lacub, Abra, in the light of the continuing military operations of the 41st Infantry Battalion and the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in the area since August this year.