The killing of Rene Rodriguez of Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Batangas:

the 1st victim of extrajudicial killings in Batangas ,

the 7th in Southern Tagalog, in the time of PNoy

 

November 9, 2010

 

■     A Poem for Rene Rodriguez by Mark Joseph Rafal

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(November 9, 2010) Members of Karapatan, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Kilusang Mayo Uno and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas staged an indignation rally in front of the Gate 2 of the general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to protest the killing of Batangas farmer Rene Rodriguez. Evan Hernandez of Hustisya said that Rodriguez is the first victim of political killing in Batangas and 7th in Southern Tagalog under the new Aquino administration.

 

On November 7, 8am, Rodriguez was riding his motorcycle from Coral to Balayan, Batangas. Initial fact finding revealed that two motorcycle riding men, one covered in white handkerchief and the other wearing helmet, followed Rodriguez and shot at him using a .45 caliber pistol. He sustained four gunshot wounds at the back and one each on his thigh, chest and head. He died on the spot. Rodriguez, 38 years old, was an active member of Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Batangas.

 

   
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Activists protest 1st EJK in Batangas
By Tudla Prod

(November 9, 2010) Members of Karapatan, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Kilusang Mayo Uno and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas staged an indignation rally in front of the Gate 2 of the general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to protest the killing of Batangas farmer Rene Rodriguez. Evan Hernandez of Hustisya said that Rodriguez is the first victim of political killing in Batangas and 7th in Southern Tagalog under the new Aquino administration.

On November 7, 8am, Rodriguez was riding his motorcycle from Coral to Balayan, Batangas. Initial fact finding revealed that two motorcycle riding men, one covered in white handkerchief and the other wearing helmet, followed Rodriguez and shot at him using a .45 caliber pistol. He sustained four gunshot wounds at the back and one each on his thigh, chest and head. He died on the spot. Rodriguez, 38 years old, was an active member of Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Batangas.

KARAPATAN and BAYAN Southern tagalong believes the killing to be politically motivated. Rodriguez and the Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Batangas are peasant activists fighting for land reform and against land grabbing in Batangas. The groups also believe that this operation was still part of the Oplan Bantay Laya launched by the previous administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and now adopted and extended by PNoy.

Protesters slam the continuation of political killings under the new administration which promised to “bring change” and lead the country to the “straight path”. PNoy’s government, only 100 days and 1 month old as of this killing, now has a human rights record of 17 political killings, 17 frustrated killings, 28 illegally arrested and at least 10 tortured.

The indignation rally, which started at almost 12nn, was drowned with Christmas songs blasting from the AFP sound system. The rally ended with the protesters hurling egg shells containing red paint at the AFP gates. KARAPATAN said the red paint is symbolic of blood staining the hands of the AFP, their culpability in the long list of political killings.
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Dalawampu't Isa*
by Mark Joseph Rafal

November 12, 2010 at 8:00pm

nagbilang ako, ng libu-libong araw
bago tumuntong ng dalawampu't isang taon
ng paghinga paglakad pag-usad ng sariling buhay
nagkasakit umibig namatay
nagbilang ako, ng libu-libong araw.

nguni't ikaw, ikaw, dilaw na bathala
iilang buwan pa lamang ang inilalagi
sa trono ng paghahari
ay bumilang na ng dalawampu't isa--
hindi ng gulang o edad
o ng araw o ng anuman.

bumilang ka ng buhay
naririnig mo? buhay
buhay na inangkin ng mga punglo
buhay na inagaw sa mga bunso
buhay ng nakikitalad sa hungkag na lipunan
buhay na sa kabila ng paglimot
ng dapat sanang nagliligtas
ay binubuhay sa antas ng paglutas
sa butas ng lipunan.

nagbilang ka ng dalawampu't isa
magbibilang ako ng wala
'pagka't habambuhay ang pagsalunga
pakikibaka sa pagbibilang mo
ng buhay na ginutay
ng punglo
na haharangin ng aming mga sulo
at galit na kamao.

*kay Rene Rodriguez, ika-dalawampu't isang hininga na inagaw ng dilaw na halimaw

 

     
     
           
     
     
   
 
 

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Farmer leader Rene Rodriguez was gunned down by two masked men on November 7 in Batangas province, according to a statement by the militant peasant alliance Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).

 

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