Valentin Palamine Command, NPA-Far South Mindanao
January 7, 2011
May we report the following violations committed in FarSouth Mindanao by the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the ceasefire agreement between the NDFP and the GRP from 16 December 2010 to 3 January 2011.
December 18 -- a squad of 73rd IB troopers conducted a military operation in Brgy. Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province. They entered sitio Dungan Bahay, Brgy. Upper Suyan and ransacked the house of a lumad named Sumil. The soldiers interrogated Sumil and at gunpoint forced him to pinpoint where "Kumander Boyax" was, to which Sumil denied having any knowledge of his whereabouts. The military then confiscated his bolo and threatened to hack him.
The week immediately prior to the ceasefire period, the 73rd IB had been conducting a series of harassment and psywar operations in Sitio Datalnay, Upper Suyan which victimized a good number of innocent civilians, including lumad schoolchildren aged 7-13 who were frisked and their notebooks read for possible "lessons from the NPA". Several residents were also interrogated. Maling Baral, a 35 year old lumad resident was interrogated twice for at least six hours simply because, according to the military "the NPA must be helping him because his farm is big." It must be noted that additional 73rd IB personnel has been deployed to the Upper Suyan detachment in preparation for the eventual operation of the Looc Mining Co. owned by San Miguel Corporation.
December 18 -- The Alpha Company of the 27th IB and Cafgu elements conducted a military patrol in several barrios of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat specifically in Sitio Dam, Brgy. Maligaya. On December 23 they entered Brgy. Sinapulan and reportedly harassed the residents, many of whom are oppositionists to the mining operations of Xstrata-SMI.
December 23-27 -- the Bravo Company of the 68th IB under 1Lt. Cebreon including some Cafgu elements conducted a foot patrol in Barangays Batang, Baynosa and in Lanao, Sitio Lambusong, Brgy. Bacong all of Tulunan town, North Cotabato. They also entered Barangays Bella Flores, Malabuan and Guangan, all in Makilala town, North Cotabato. On the evening of December 23 they were seen by several residents on ambush position in Brgy. Baynosa, near the Stanfilco-Dole banana plantation. Later they moved to the hinterland sitios of Brgy. Bacong, Tulunan, North Cotabato.
December 30 -- about 3 pm of until the early morning of December 31, a platoon of 39th IB contingents and Cafgus in full battle gear positioned themselves in Brgy. Macol and Brgy. Sanghay, Malita, Davao del Sur. Their presence was noted by a number of residents who were afraid of what they called "a possible military operation" that could disrupt their New Year's celebration.