Workers, farmers, peasant leaders have just been abducted in different parts of Negros Occidental. Abductions began the night of June 25, and continued till early morning today.
Arnel Namu, a truck driver who moves sugarcane, was taken from his home in Sitio Mandayao 1 by five armed men in a tinted van at midnight. On the same night, Francisco Alagaban, a farmer, and his wife Kapid were taken by operatives who had introduced themselves as members of the Military Intelligence Group.
Come 4am at Hacienda Raymunda, no less than 10 elements of the Philippine National Police broke into the home of the brothers Hermin and Jorex Espacalo. Jorex, currently detained by the police in Silay, is the vice president of Hacienda Raymunda Farmworkers Union, an affiliate of the National Federation of Sugar Workers.
Around 8am, Jimmy Teves, a pastor of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, was abducted with Jodito Montecino, former chairperson of Kauswagan ng Magsasaka, by elements of the 62nd Infantry Battalion in Himamaylan. This was followed by the abduction of Eliseo Andres and JP Manzano of Sitio Kankelin and Rodrigo Mendes of Sitio Cabagal.
The operations reek of the coordinated police action Oplan Sauron, notorious for killing 14 farmers on March 30. Since the issuance of Memorandum Order 32, de-facto martial law has been in place in the entirety of Negros island, where five battalions of the Philippine army are currently stationed.
#StopTheAttacks against the workers and peasants of Negros!