On the Killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio

Isabel Santiago
NPA Southern Mindanao (Herminio Alfonso Command (Front 53))
October 23, 2011

The 602nd Brigade of the 6th ID-AFP has gone berserk in unleashing its reign of counter-revolutionary terror, unmasking the misnomer Oplan Bayanihan, in Arakan, North Cotabato, first with the killing of Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio on October 17, and second, with the grave atrocities it committed against the peasant masses on October 20 in Arakan, North Cotabato. The Herminio Alfonso Command, Front 53 Operations, likewise, scoffed the lies perpetrated by the AFP; 57th IB Commanding Officer Col. Joven Gonzales said the raid conducted by the 5th SF acted upon a tip that there were landmines in the area while 602nd Bde Commander Col. Cesar Sedillo and Eastern Mindanao Command spokesperson Col. Leopoldo Galon, Jr, claimed that there was a legitimate encounter with Red Fighters in the area. No such encounter occurred.

An undersized platoon of the 5th Special Forces, operating under the auspices of the 57th IB-602nd Bde, tortured, killed Ramon Batoy, an ordinary civilian and peasant leader, and showed him off as a member of the New People’s Army in Sitio Upper Lumbo, Brgy. Kabalantian, Arakan, North Cotabato. Batoy put up a fight, struck his bolo against the enemy lieutenant who led the raiding Special Forces, and wounded the other soldier before the enemy riddled his body with bullets, in front of his 6-month pregnant wife and two children who asked for their mercy while trying to flee. The enemy placed an M14 rifle, its sling over his lifeless body, and took his picture.

Not content with the cold-blooded murder, the Special Forces also strafed the houses of the civilians, arrested, detained and tortured two other civilians, Noli Badol and Celso Batol, whom they claimed as NPA members. Fearing for their lives, 48 peasant families of sitio upper Lumbo evacuated.

The criminal 57th IB and 5th SF of the 602nd Bde has shed off the vestiges of the AFP’s Oplan Bayanihan as a grossly fascist and anti-people counter-revolutionary program of the US-Aquino Regime. The murders and atrocities in Arakan, North Cotabato has showed that the fascists have no compunction in unleashing their brutality against the people using the deceptive “soft approach” trickery. The toiling masses can only turn to the people’s democratic revolution for genuine justice.