“I am still Alive!”

Andrea Guerrero
Armando Sumayang, Jr Command, Southwest Front Negros
September 6, 2011

(The following statement is a personal account of Ronald Capitanea, a member of NPA under the Armando Sumayang Jr. Command)

I’m Ronald Lahaylahay Capitanea, single, 25 years old and a member of the New People’s Army under the Armando Sumayang Jr Command, Southwest Front.

The statement of Lt Rey Balibagoso that the AFP encountered seven armed men and that I was killed last August 16, 2011 in Sitio Balangbalang, Brgy Camindangan, 3 PM at the back of the house of “Moling” is a total lie. The truth is three civilians were fired at by the military and the victims scampered for their safety. The military were gunpowder craze for more than five minutes despite there was no exchange of fire.(!-- more -->

For the information of the public, I am a victim of an attempted extra-judicial murder last February 23, 2010, 6 AM. I was targeted for assassination by members of a death squad of the fascist 61st IB PA while I was driving my motorcycle (habal-habal) to fetch my “suki” who was a teacher in Hda Mabuhay, Brgy Gil Montilla, Sipalay City. I was surprised when I heard gunshots at my back. I saw two bonnet riding persons aboard a DT motorcycle chasing me. I remember that these persons and their motorcycle are always on standby at the Detachment in Barasbarasan. I was hit on the right side of my chest but I was able to escape while they were firing while chasing me.

This bloody incident drive me to embrace the armed struggle being waged by the New People’s Army. There is no justice in the reactionary government! Even the case of Benjie Bayles that is now more than a year in court and is a clear murder case perpetrated by the members of the 61st IB PA is still an uphill battle for justice.

I am issuing this statement to inform the whole revolutionary masses most especially my beloved parents and relatives not to worry. I AM STILL ALIVE! I will continue serving the toiling masses and the people by fighting for their interest especially against the encroachment of destructive mining firms in Negros.

Do not be deceived by the evil forces of the fascist military or be intimidated by them. The armed struggle is our legitimate and just right and our future is bright with the revolutionary struggle of the masses of the people.

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Hiligaynon Version

Ako si Ronald Lahaylahay Capitanea, soltero, 25 anyos ang edad nga katapu sg New People’s Army (NPA) sa idalum sg Armando Sumayang, Jr. Command, Southwest Front.

Isa ka daku nga kabutigan ang ginapahayag ni Lt. Rey Balibagoso nga nakaengkwentro kuno sila sg 7 ka mga armado kag isa ako sa mga napatay sadtong Agosto 16, 2011 sa Sityo Balangbang, Brgy. Camindangan, 3:00 sa hapon sa likod sg balay ni Moling. Ang matuod sina, 3 ka sibilyan ang ila ginpalukpan gani nga nagdinalagan tungod sa kakulba. Daw mga ido buang ang mga military sa pagpalupok sa halos masobra 5 ka ilitar bisan wala sg kontra.

Sa ihibalo sg tanan, ako biktima sg extra-judicial killings sadtong Pebrero 23, 2010, 6:00 sg aga. Gintuyo ako nga patyon paagi sa pagtiro sg mga katapu sg mga nakabonnet nga death squad sg pasistang 61st IB PA, samtang nagadrive ako sg single nga motor / habal-habal nga tuyo kun tani nga magsugat sg akon suki nga maestra sg ara na kami sa Hda. Mabuhay, Brgy.

Gil Montilla, Sipalay City. Daku ang akon kakibot nga may naglupok sa akon likod. Nakita ko ang 2 ka tawo nga nakabonnet nga sakay sg DT nga motor nga masami nagastandby sa Detachment sg Baras-barasan. May igo sa tuo nga bahin sg dughan, naghingaw ako palagyo samtang ginalagas nila ang akon motor.

Ini nga hitabo ang nagtulod sa akon agud hakson ang armadong paghimakas nga ginaduso sg New People’s Army. Wala sg mahatag nga hustisya ang reaksyonaryong gobyerno! Ang kaso ni Benjie Bayles nga masobra na 1 ka tuig, bisan maathag pa sa silak sg adlaw nga ginhimo sg mga katapu sg 61st IB PA, tuman pa ka taklaron ang hustisya.

Ginapahayag ko ini agud ipahibalo sa bilog nga rebolusyonaryong masa ilabe ilita sa akon pinalangga nga pamilya kg mga kaparyentehan, nga indi kamo magkabalaka, BUHI PA AKO! Padayon ako gihapon nga nagaalagad sa masang anakbalhas paagi sa pagpakig-away para sa kawsa sg pumuluyo. Labi ilita sa pagsingki sg pagtamasa sg dalagkung minahan diri sa Negros.

Indi kamo magpadala-dala sa mga sungayan nga dila sg mga pasistang ilitary, sa ila mga pagpamahog, pagpanghaylo kg pagpanginto. Lehitimo, matarung kag masanag ang aton palaabuton sa armadong paghimakas sg malapad nga masa sg pumuluyo!