Punish the 41st Infantry Batallion for the Baay-Licuan massacre!

Diego Wadagan
Agustin Begnalen Command, NPA-Abra
March 9, 2014

After the February 16, 2014 firefight in Lenneng, Baay-Licuan between the NPA Red Fighters and elements of the 41st IB, the fascist troops unleashed terrorism on the people of Barangay Lenneng, and nearby barangays of Baay-Licuan and Lacub.  Illegal searches, interrogation and detention were conducted by the soldiers.

Among others, a particular incident took place on February 22, 2014.   At about 1PM at Sitio Patong, soldiers detained Fermin Ligiw, a small-scale miner and resident of Sitio Sucao, Barangay Dominglay, Baay-Licuan.  He was illegally detained and interogated, and was forced to guide the soldiers towards Mt. Inuman.  He was then held captive near their swidden farm, while others illegally searched Freddie Ligiw’s nipa hut.  The said nipa hut is strategically situated near a cellsite between the towns of Lacub and Baay-Licuan, and is the usual route of operating troops.  The soldiers confiscated a shotgun commonly used by locals for hunting.  He was released at 8pm.

On March 3, 2014, Jessie Ligiw, a brother of Fermin, left his brothers and their father in their nipa hut.  On his way to Sitio Dominglay, he saw soldiers of the 41st IB approach the mountain ridge near their nipa hut.  Upon his return in the afternoon of March 3, 2014, Jessie was shocked that their nipa hut was in disarray, his brothers and father were nowhere to be found and that farm tools particularly used for digging were also missing.  On March 4, 2014, Jessie alerted the barrio folks of  Dominglay and nearby barangays about the absence of 3 members of the Ligiw family:  Fermin Ligiw, his elder brother Eddie, and their father Licoben.  On March 5, some of the barrio folks started searching for the missing Ligiws.  And on March 6 and 7, a full mobilization of the people of Dominglay and neigboring barangays was launched in search of the missing Ligiws, with local barangay and LGU officials, people’s organizations and cause-oriented groups joining the search.

The people’s worst fear was confirmed in the afternoon of March 7, when what seems to be a recently dug gravesite was found.  The shallow grave was found at the other side of the mountain ridge, already within the municipal territory of Lacub town.  And on March 8, exhumation of the bodies in the said gravesite confirmed the brutal massacre of the three (3) Ligiw family members.

The people immediately condemned the 41st IB for the cruel and terroristic murders.  There was no question among the majority of the people that the 41st IB is responsible of the dastardly acts.  Only officers and soldiers of the AFP, particularly those of the 41st IB, 503rd Brigade, are notorious for human rights violations, deeply ingrained in the people’s memory from brutal experiences in the 70’s to the early 90’s, and again since 2003 to the present.

It is utterly stupid for 41st IB propagandists to claim that the NPA is responsible for the massacre.  There is no reason at all for the NPA to do such an evil act.  In fact, Fermin Ligiw is a former NPA, who was recently asking for re-admission to the NPA.  The 41st IB might have suspected this and had this flimsy basis for the brutal and senseless killing of the 3 Ligiw family members.  It is doubly foolish for the 41st Infantry Batallion, led by Lt. Col. Domingo, to specifically accuse one ot the NPA’s as the perpetrator, as the said comrade is a cousin of Licoben Ligiw.

The officers and soldiers of the 41st IB responsible for the massacre should be punished!

The people are fed up with the AFP’s deceit and human rights violations.   They should launch sustained protest actions and evict AFP troops and para-military groups in their communities and tribal territories.  Tinggians and Ilocanos of Abra should unite and forge unity against fascism and militarization, against large-scale mining, and in furtherance of agrarian revolution.  Indemnification for the families and punishment for the human rights violators should be pursued through various means and venues.

We challenge the barangay and LGU officials to heed their constituents’ demands and fight for their aspiration to have peaceful communities free from the AFP’s atrocious presence, and based on social justice.  We challenge the church leaders, especially the members of the Chuch-Military Advisory Group (CMAG) to protect their flock, dissociate themselves from the fascist murderers, and take the side of the people.

We commit revolutionary justice for the Ligiw family, and other victims of human rights violations.   The brutal murders shall be avenged.

We pay our highest tribute to the Ligiw family, especially to Fermin, for selfless revolutionary service and sacrifice.  Their martyrdom is an inspiration to the revolutionary movement, and their deaths will fan the flame of revolutionary struggle.

*Long live the shining memory of the Ligiw family!
Justice for the Baay-Licuan Massacre victims!
Punish the 41st Infantry Battalion!*


Dusaen ti 41st Infantry Batallion para iti Baay-Licuan masaker!

Diego Wadagan
Agustin Begnalen Command, NPA-Abra
March 9, 2014

Kalpasan ti labanan idi Pebrero 16, 2014 sadiay Lenneng, Baay-Licuan iti nagbaetan dagiti Nalabaga a mannakigubat nga NPA ken dagiti elemento ti 41st IB, nangibulos ti terorismo dagiti pasista a tropa kadagiti umili ti Barangay Lenneng, ken dagiti kabangibang a barangay ti Baay-Licuan ken Lacub. Iligal a panagsawar, interogasyon ken detensyon ti inyaramid dagiti soldado.

Laksid pay iti dadduma, maysa a partikualr a pagteng ti napasamak idi Pebrero 22, 2014. Aganay ala-una ti malem sadiay Sitio Paong, tinengngel dagiti soldado ni Fermin Ligiw, maysa a minero ti small scale mining ken residente ti Sitio Sucao, Barangay Dominglay, Baay-Licuan. Iligal isuna a tinengngel ken inintegora, ken pilit-pwersado a pinag-gayd dagiti soldado agturong iti Mt. Inuman. Inbalud da isuna sadiay asideg ti uma na bayat nga iligal a sinawar ti dadduma nga soldado ti kalapaw na. Nakasaad ti nasao a kalapaw iti asideg ti cellsite ti nagbaetan ti munisipalidad ti Lacub ken Baay-Licuan, ken iti gagangay a ruta dagiti agop-opereyt a tropa. Sinamsam dagiti soldado ti maysa a shotgun a kadawyan nga us-usaren dagiti lokal para iti panaganup. Winayawayaan da isuna alas-8 ti rabii.

Idi Marso 4, 2014, inbati ni Jessie Ligiw, kabsat ni Fermin, dagiti kakabsat na a lallaki ken ni tatang da sadiay kalapaw da. Iti dalan na nga agturong ti Barangay Dominglay, nakita na dagiti soldado nga sumungad iti bukot ti bantay nga asideg sadiay kalapaw da. Apagsubli na iti malem ti Marso 3, 2014, nakigtot ni Jessie iti nakita na nga nawara-wara a kalapaw da, mapukpukaw dagiti kakabsat na a lallaki ken ni tatang da ken mapukpukaw dagiti ramit ti talon a partikular nga us-urasen a pangkali. Idi Marso 4, 2014, binagaan ni Jessie dagiti bumaryo ti Dominglay ken dagiti kabangibang a barangay mainaeg ti mapukpukaw a tallo a kameng ti pamilya Ligiw: ni Fermin Ligiw, ni manong na a ni Eddie, ken ni tatang da a ni Licoben. Idi Marso 5, nangrugi nga agbiruk ti dadduma a bumaryo kadagiti mapukpukaw a Ligiw. Ken idi Marso 6 ken 7,  inrussuat ti maymaysa a panagtinay dagiti tattao ti Dominglay ken kabangibang a barangay para iti panangbirok kadagiti  mapukpukaw a Ligiw, kakuyog a nagbiruk dagiti opisyal ti barangay ken LGU, organisasyon masa ken cause-oriented groups.

Nakompirma idi malen ti Marso 7 ti nakaro a pagamakan dagiti umili, idi masarakan ti kasla kakalkali laeng a tanem. Nabirukan ti narabaw a tanem sadiay bangir a bukot ti bantay, paseten ti teritoryo ti munisipyo ti Lacub. Ken idi Marso 8, nangpaneknek ti panangkali dagiti bagi sadiay nakuna a tanem iti naranggas a panangmasaker kadagiti tallo a kameng ti pamilya Ligiw.

Dagus a kinondenar dagiti umili ti 41st IB iti naulpit ken teroristiko a panangpapatay. Awan ti kwestyon iti mayorya kadagiti umili a ti 41st IB ti akinrebbengen iti nakadakdakes nga aramid. Dagiti laeng opisyal ken soldado ti AFP, partikular dagidiay adda iti 41st IB, 503rd Brigade, dagiti napeklan a manglablabsing ti karbengan tao, a nauneg a naimula iti lagip ti umili manipud kadagiti naranggas a kapadasan idi 70’s agingga iti nasapa nga 90’s ken manen manipud 2003 agingga iti agdama.

Nakalawlawag a kinamaag para iti propagandista ti 41st IB nga ipabasol ti panangmasaker kadagiti NPA.  Awan ti aniaman a makagapu para iti NPA nga aramiden iti kasdiay a nakadakdakes nga aramid. Iti kinapudno,  sigud nga NPA ni Fermin Ligiw, nga agkidkiddaw a makasubli manen iti NPA iti nabiit pay. Nalabit nga adda panagatap ti 41st IB kanaig ditoy ken inusar daytoy a nakapuy a basaran para iti naranggas ken awanan-pakinakem a panangpapatay kadagiti tallo a kameng ti pamilya Ligiw. Nayon a kinamaag para iti 41st Infantry Batallion, nga idadauluan ni Lt. Col. Domingo, a kangrunaan a pabasulen ti maysa kadagiti NPA kas nangaramid, nga kasinsin ni Licoben Ligiw daydiay a nasao a kadua.

Nasken a dusaen dagiti opisyal ken soldado ti 41st IB nga addaan rebbengen iti panangmasaker!

Napnuanen dagiti umili kadagiti panangal-allilaw ken pananglabsing ti karbengan tao dagiti AFP. Nasken a mangirussuat da ti agtultuloy nga aksyon protesta ken papanawen dagiti tropa ti AFP ken grupo a para-militar kadagiti komunidad da ken kadagiti teritoryo dagiti tribu. Nasken nga agkaykaysa ken buklen ti panagkaykaysa dagiti Tinggian ken Ilocano ti Abra laban iti pasismo ken militarisasyon, laban iti large-scale mining, ken panangiyabante ti agraryo a rebolusyon. Nasken nga ikagumaan ti panangbayad kadagiti pamilya ken panangdusa kadagiti mananglabsing ti karbengan tao  babaen ti nadumaduma a wagas ken saklaw.

Kariten mi dagiti opisyal ti LGU nga imdengan ti kiddaw dagiti idadauluan da ken lumaban para kadagiti tarigagay ti umili a maaddaan ti natalna a komunidad a nawaya manipud iti nakaro a kinaranggas ti presensya ti AFP, ken basar iti pangkagimongan nga hustisya. Awisen mi dagiti daulo ti simbaan, nangruna dagiti kameng ti Church-Military Advisory Group (CMAG) a salakniban dagiti parokya da, dumistansya da kadagiti pasista a manangpapatay ken mangngeddeng para iti umili.

Iyawat mi ti rebolusyonaryo nga hustisya para iti pamilya Ligiw, ken ti dadduma pay a biktima ti pananglabsing ti karbengan tao. Nasken nga ibales dagiti naranggas a panangpapatay.

Iyawat mi ti kangangatuan a pammadayaw iti pamilya Ligiw, nangruna ken ni Fermin, para iti awanan-panagimbubukod a rebolusyonaryo a panagserbi ken sakripisyo. Agserbi nga inspirasyon iti rebolusyonaryo a tignayan ti  kinabannuar da, ken mangpagil-ayab ti apoy ti rebolusyonaryo a pannakidangadang ken iti pannakatay da.

*Agbiag ti naraniag a lagip dagiti pamilya Ligiw!
Hustisya para kadagiti biktima ti Baay-Licuan Masaker!
Dusaen ti 41st Infantry Batallion!*