Family massacred in Camarines Norte

7 March 2012
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A peasant family was massacred in Camarines Norte while a farmer was abducted by the military in Laguna. Also among the striking cases gathered by Ang Bayan were incidents of harassment of political detainees and student journalists.

*February 26.* Three leaders of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) were harassed by the military during the conduct of the CEGP Convention at the University of Eastern Philippines in Catarman, Northern Samar.

Military elements surveilled Pauline Gidget Estella, CEGP deputy secretary-general for the National Capital Region, Angelo Karl Deceo, CEGP-Samar chair and CEGP-Samat secretary-general Micah Susana Rebenecia. On the last day of the convention, an unidentified man approached them to ask where they were going and insisted on accompanying them. When they refused, he suddenly shouted at them.

While they were on the way to the Rebenecia's house, they noticed a man aboard a tricycle following them who later offered them a ride. When they reached their lodgings, there were other men aboard scooters who were all watching them and talking to someone over the cellphone.

The CEGP also received information that Deceo and Rebenecia are on the AFP's "order of battle" in Samar and are targets of military attack.

*February 25.* Farmer Benjamin Mancera and two of his children were killed when elements of the 49th IB rained bullets on his hut in Sitio Pagurin, Barangay Malaya, Labo, Camarines Norte. Another child of Mancero was wounded. Also killed in the incident was Rafael "Ka Gupi" Llantino who was then going about his duties investigating complaints from the masses on the damage wrought by "peace and development" projects under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) and military abuses in the village. Barangay Malaya council officials said Mancera was an ordinary farmer and not a member of the New People's Army as claimed by the military.

The Manceras and Ka Gupi were then resting after having lunch when the mlitary suddenly opened fire on the hut without considering who the occupants were.

*February 23.* Personnel of the PNP Custodial Center confiscated the typewriters of Alan Jazmines and other consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) upon orders of their chief P/Supt. Cesar Magsino.

Magsino had earlier tried to censor documents Jazmines was sending to his lawyer through a close relative who was not allowed inside and made to wait outside. Jazmines insisted on his right to have his correspondence with his lawyer remain confidential. Magsino, however, refused to allow the documents out unless he could censor them.

Jazmines said that Magsino wanted to put a stop to the continued exposés of cases of unjust, arbitrary and illegal arrest and detention of political prisoners at the custodial center.

The typewriters were provided to the NDF peace consultants by the NDF panel for their use in their work in the peace talks.

On December 26, the political detainees at Camp Crame also complained about the confiscation by Magsino of KARAPATAN primers on Oplan Bayanihan.

*February 14 and 17.* Elements of the Special Warfare Group (SWAG) abducted Edwin Robles, a resident of Barangay Buo, Majayjay, Laguna. Earlier, soldiers from the 1st IB beat up Imo Mirania on February 14 at Barangay Bangkal in Majayjay, as well as Romeo Guyala and his son Romeo Jr., in Barangay Olla in the same town. These violations form part of a string of military abuses in Majayjay and the neighboring town of Magdalena.