October, 2008

Labor lawyer illegally arrested and accused as NPA rebel in Southern Tagalog, Philippines

Around 1 P.M. of 23 October 2008, Atty. Remigio Saladero Jr., a labor lawyer of Pro-Labor Legal Assistance Center (PLACE) and chief legal counsel of labor organization KMU, was working in his office when an unidentified man in plainclothes came in and asked if he is Atty. Saladero. He said yes.

Farmer and son shot by soldiers of the 74th Infantry Battalion, Phil. Army in Mulanay, Quezon

At around 6:00 A.M. of October 13, 2008, farmer Alejo De Luna, together with his youngest son, Mark Angelo was tending their farm near their house in Sitio Pasalilo, Brgy. Mabini, Mulanay, Quezon.


His wife Angeline had gone out of the house after preparing coffee and saw nine (9) fully uniformed and armed soldiers surround her husband.  The soldiers belong to the Bravo Coy of the 74th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

Human bones found in site where farmer was burned by soldiers

Anthropologists today (October 14, 2008) found pieces of burnt human bones in the vicinity of the former detachment of the 24th IBPA (Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army) in Brgy. Bliss, Limay, Bataan.

The bones where found at the site where witness-survivor Raymond Manalo said he saw farmer Manuel Merino being burned by soldiers sometime in June 2007.

Escaped Desaparecido guides fact-finding team to former army camp

 

CHR Chairperson Leila de Lima inspects the excavation site with Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez on October 13, 2008 at the former 24th IBPA detachment in Brgy. Bliss Limay, Bataan

CHR Chairperson Leila de Lima inspects the excavation site with Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez on October 13, 2008 at the former 24th IBPA detachment in Brgy. Bliss Limay, Bataan.

 

A week after the Supreme Court upheld a Court of Appeals (CA) decision granting the
privilege of the writ of amparo to the two survivor-witnesses Manalo brothers, one of them
leads a fact-finding mission team to the former 24th Infantry Battalion detachment where he
witnessed several extrajudicial killings committed by the military.

 

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