The Killing of Peasant Leader Fermin Lorico:

Protest pircket in front of the AFP-Central Command (Centcom) Headquarters

in Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City

 

Cebu City

 

June 12, 2009

 

Picket at NICA on June 15, 2009

 

 

 

Militant farmers flooded the headquarters of AFP-Central Command (Centcom) in Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City with “blood” in a protest picket cum "blood rite" about 1:30 this afternoon to condemn the brutal slaying of KAUGMAON-KMP Chairman Fermin Lorico.

The denial and public “condemnation” of Centcom chief Maj. Gen. Armando Cunanan of the murder of Lorico, in a media interview yesterday, is duplicity to the highest degree.

“Either Cunanan is playing dumb (nagpa-goryo-goryo in Cebuano vernacular) or just plain ignoramus. Did he know that 79th IB soldiers under his command has been spearheaded a systematic campaign of black propaganda and vilification against Fermin Lorico since last year which is the pre-condition of his murder as defined in Oplan Bantay Laya II/Kalinaw Bisayas II,” said Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Cebu (KMP-Cebu) chairman Nick Abasolo.

 

-- from KMP press statement

 

   
   
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Press release:

Government renewed state terror!

Militant farm workers under the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura [UMA] denounced the killing of another peasant leader who supports for the passage of House Bill 3059 and a persistent critic of the dreaded charter change pushed by Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo and her minions in congress.

Fermin Lorico, chairperson of the Kahugpongan Alang sa Ugma sa Gagmay’ng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros (Kaugmaon), provincial chapter of the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas was shot three times in the head which immediately took his life by soldiers belonging to the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. “ We are deeply angered and abhorred over the brutal murder of Ka Fermin, is it a crime to make public opinions and organized our people about their citizen – given rights? “ said Jay Calaguing, UMA public information officer.

Ka Fermin was with us when we started the 52 day Rural People’s Camp out held in front of the house of representatives calling for the timely legislation of HB 3059 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill sponsored by Anakpawis, Bayan Muna, Gabriela Women’s Party and the Kabataan Party list.

“ The bloodlust government forces are behind his untimely death, their dirty mark is written all over it. Before he was killed, his colleagues noticed three civilian clothes men taking pictures and walking back and forth where they holding a nationally coordinated protest against the Macapagal –Arroyo backed constitutional assembly. After the rally, accompanied by another activist, they headed to the Promotion of People’s Response office to attend a meeting. He was killed at San Jose Extension, Dumaguete City.

Calaguing added that “ His work in KAUGMAON not only touched base the issues and struggles of farmers but also the Negrense farm workers whose conditions are not different from old fashioned slaves. They spearheaded a farm strike scattered over the 1000 hectares farm land owned by infamous Celso De Los Angeles in Negros Oriental. The farm workers demanded just wages and land for them to till. It’s like a local version of our rural people’s camp out. He even represents the Negros province on the national consultation of UMA regarding the Social Amelioration Fund [SAF] which had been long deprived among the ranks of the farm workers through out the country. SAF was like the coco levy fund version among the farm workers in sugar cane farm lands.

“ It’s a big loss not only to the struggling farmers and farm workers of Negros of his untimely death but also in the peasant movement. This only shows the state under a de facto government of a corrupt tolerated and punitive Arroyo regime do to her critics. But this treacherous act and the death of all the peasant martyrs who fought for genuine land reform will not go in vain. We will continue his fight for true social justice. “ Calaguing ended ####

 

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12 June 2009
Cebu City

“BLOOD” FLOWED AT THE GATES OF CENTCOM THIS AFTERNOON

Militant farmers flooded the headquarters of AFP-Central Command (Centcom) in Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City with “blood” in a protest picket cum "blood rite" about 1:30 this afternoon to condemn the brutal slaying of KAUGMAON-KMP Chairman Fermin Lorico.

The denial and public “condemnation” of Centcom chief Maj. Gen. Armando Cunanan of the murder of Lorico, in a media interview yesterday, is duplicity to the highest degree.

“Either Cunanan is playing dumb (nagpa-goryo-goryo in Cebuano vernacular) or just plain ignoramus. Did he know that 79th IB soldiers under his command has been spearheaded a systematic campaign of black propaganda and vilification against Fermin Lorico since last year which is the pre-condition of his murder as defined in Oplan Bantay Laya II/Kalinaw Bisayas II,” said Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Cebu (KMP-Cebu) chairman Nick Abasolo.

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NEWS RELEASE
18 June 2009

LORICO’ s Tribute Set tonight

The leader of militant peasant group Kahugpongan Alang sa Ugma sa Gagmay’ng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros (KAUGMAON) Fermin Lorico who was shot to death by members of suspected 79th IB death squad in Dumaguete City after leading an Anti Con Ass Rally last June 10 will be given a tribute by his fellow farmers and cause oriented groups from the local, Central Visayas and National Offices.

Lorico’s tribute night will be held 7PM today at Bayawan City Catholic Church since he is a respected Lay Minister of the said Parish.

Anakpawis Represantative and National Chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Rafael “Paeng” Mariano and KMP Secretary General Danilo “Daning” Ramos will grace the said event.

Statements from international human rights organizations and other concerned groups flooded KAUGMAON mails to condemn and mourn with the family and comrades of Lorico which further reiterate how respected and loved Lorico is.

Friday 2PM, Lorico’s remains will be marched towards its resting place at Bayawan City Cemetery.

KAUGMAON together with the other mourning groups reiterated that Lorico’s death will fuel their fearless principles to continue their fight for a genuine land reform.

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For Other Details, Please Contact:
Juliet Ragay
Auditor
KAUGMAON

 

     
     
           
           

PRESS RELEASE
June 15, 2009
REFERENCE:
ROY MORILLA, KMP Public Information Officer (63-905-421-7305)

Groups condemn leader's extra-judicial killing at intelligence agency's office, urged presidentiables to support call for justice

The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Tanggol Magsasaka (Peasant Network for Land, Justice and Human Rights), together with Pamalakaya-Pilipinas, Amihan (peasant women), UMA (agri-workers), NNARA-Youth (student advocates) and Anakpawis Partylist, condemned the brutal killing of anti-Charter Change (Chacha) peasant leader, Fermin Lorico, at the gates of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) at V. Luna Road, Quezon City. Lorico is the chair of Kaugmaon (KMP Negros Oriental) who was killed last June 10, after their anti-Chacha rally in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental coinciding with the Ayala rally in Manila.

The group brought life-size pictures of Lorico, labelling him as the 118th KMP leader victimized by extra-judicial killings under the Arroyo regime. They also re-enacted the crime scene where Lorico was left kneeling with 2 gunshot wounds on the nape. Kaugmaon leaders believed that the perpetrators were agents of the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army as they were seen monitoring the anti-Chacha rally before Lorico was killed.

"We know that extra-judicial killings (EJK) is a major part of Oplan Bantay Laya 2 (OBL2), the counter-insurgency program of the Arroyo government and a brainchild of National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, and this office (NICA) is one of the major implementor of OBL2. Ka Fermin is the 118th KMP leader killed and 553rd victim of EJK since Mrs. Arroyo grabbed power in 2001, thus, we condemn this to the fullest as we are being killed one by one," opened Antonio Flores, KMP Spokesperson and Co-convenor of Tanggol Magsasaka.

"Ka Fermin still joined us at the Rural People's Camp-out for Genuine Land Reform and Against Charter Change at the House of Representatives, last April, and now he's dead, killed by the Arroyo government. The Arroyo regime should be held liable for his death and of all the victims of extra-judicial killings in the country," added Flores.

In addition, it has been reported that Senator Mar Roxas, while in Cebu on the celebration of the independence day, called for a senate probe on Lorico's killing.

"We welcome Sen. Roxas statement, but we are waiting for their concrete actions, we urge those planning to run for president, such as Sen. Manny Villar, Mayor Jejomar Binay, Vice President Noli de Castro, Sen. Loren Legarda, and even those running for senators that they should be doing beneficial to the people right now, as a president's human rights policy is of grave concern to us, we will never support who is not against human rights violations, extra-judicial killings, he or she should support our call for justice for all the victims of extra-judicial killings, victims of human rights abuses," Flores called.

"Ka Fermin is against Charter Change and for Genuine Land Reform, particularly the passage of House Bill 3059 Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB), he was killed as he leads his fellow peasants in Negros Oriental. This is the legacy of the Arroyo government, Arroyo dictatorship, killing those who struggles for the interest of the people, those presidentiables who would ignore our call for justice should forget about asking support from the peasants nationwide," Flores declared.#

 

     
           
     
     
     
Picket at NICA, June 15, 2009
     
     
     

 

FACTSHEET#09002-nor:
 

Soldiers execute two abducted peasants

VIOLATIONS : KILLING (Summary Execution)
ABDUCTION

VICTIM/S : Ronel Raguing, 25, resident of Sitio Sinamohe, Brgy. Talalak, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental

Julito Quirante, 48, married, resident of Sitio Magsarse, Brgy. Omanod, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental

PERPETRATOR : suspected elements of the 79th Infantry Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. Erwin Neri

MOTIVE : Suspected members of the NPA

PLACE : Sitio Kalabasaan, Brgy. Nagbinlod, Sta. Catalina

DATE : 31 January & 01 February, 2009

ACCOUNTS : Julito left home on January 31, 2009 to loan corn from his cousin Francisco Namoco in Sitio Buwang, Brgy. Milagrosa, Sta.Catalina, Negros Oriental.

On the other hand, Ronel went to his farm to harvest some vegetables and pumpkins on 01 February, 2009. He had intended to sell these in Sitio Lag-asan, Brgy. Nagbin-lod, Sta. Catalina.

Those were the last time their loved ones were to see them.

Witnesses said they were picked up by soldiers in Sitio Kalabasaan, Brgy. Nagbinlod, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental and brought to a wooded area. They were not seen with the soldiers when the latter came out.

Initial efforts of the families to locate their kin were steadfast but fruitless. The families then asked assistance from police on 20 February 20, 2009. No actions were taken.

The families finally approached KARAPATAN, which launched a fact finding mission on 27 February, 2009 at Sitio Kalabasaan, Brgy. Nagbinlod, Sta. Catalina. The mission stayed in the area until witnesses came forward to pinpoint the site where the victims were brought by the soldiers.

EXHUMATION : On 10 March, 2009, a team of NBI-7 agents led the exhumation at about 2PM in So. Junob, Brgy. Nagbinlod, Sta. Catalina. At about 4PM, two male bodies were found. They were in an advanced stage of decomposition. The hands of both bodies were tied behind their backs.

The families of Ronel and Julito identified them through their apparel and the sack that belonged to Julito.

At about 6PM of 09 March, 2009, the bodies were brought to Clarin Funeral Parlor in Poblacion, Sta. Catalina. As of 8:45PM, they were still waiting for an autopsy.

Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
KARAPATAN-CENTRAL VISAYAS
 

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Promotion of Church People’s Response
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Breaking News
9 March 2009

Bodies of 2 missing KAUGMAON farmers exhumed in Sta. Catalina

Human rights groups KARAPATAN and Promotion of People’s Response (PCPR) assisted by the forensic experts of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-7 exhumed 4 P.M. today two male bodies in Sitio Junob, Barangay Nagbinlod, Sta. Catalina identified to be the two farmers who were reported missing since January 31 and February 1..

Although in a state of decomposition, the families of Ronel Raguing, 25 and Julito Quirante, 48 were able to identify the bodies as their missing kin through their garments and the sako bag buried with them.

Raguing and Quirante were hog-tied and suffered from still to be determined injuries. NBI is currently conducting autopsy and other post-mortem examinations to ascertain the cause/s of their death.

According to witnesses, the two farmers were arrested by Army troopers based in Nagbinlod, Sta Catalina in February 2 and brought to the forest. Upon returning from their combat operation Raguing and Julito are longer with them.

The families of victims earlier reported and seek help from Sta Catalina PNP the disappearance of Raguing and Quirante but no concrete action was made. ###

For More Information, Contact:

JOSEPH LAGORRA
PCPR- Negros Oriental
09236586342

 

     
     
           
           
     
     
           
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