ILOILO CITY – Ismael Avelino slept in the home with his wife Leonora and two young children in Barangay Panubigan in Caleston in Negros Oriental on Saturday.
At about 2:30 am, they were deceived from sleep when at least six heavily armed men were attacking their house and ordering them to be. standing on the floor.
Leonora and two of their children, aged 10 and 5, dragged outside their house. Ismael was left.
Ismael, 53-year-old, both smiled and told his 10-year-old son: “Attend to your mother and sister. ”
Outside the house, Leonora and their children heard guns.
They also heard guns not coming from the house by Edgardo Avelino, Ismael's oldest brother.
This was Leonora's account of how her daughter Cynthia was told.
Edgardo, 59 year old chairman of the Hugpong Kusog Mag-uuma farmers' group in Canlaon, was also killed in his house.
Ismael was a member of the farming group Nagahiusang Mag-uuma in the Panubigan.
Killed in a hunt?
The Avelino brothers were among the 14 people killed in co-ordinated work led by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Army under Oplan Sauron.
READ: 14 killed in PNP, Army operations or rigid firearms in Negros Oriental
The deaths included eight in Canonon, four in the town of Manjuyod, and two in the city of Santa Catalina.
Among the dead were two chiefs of barangay – Valentin Acabal of Kandabong and Sonny Palagtiw of Panciao both in the town of Majuyod.
Said the Col. Raul Tacaca, president of the Negros Oriental Police Area Office, killed them in hunting by police officers and soldiers attending research warrants to acquire gun firearms.
At least 12 others, including Azucena Garubat, a sister of the Avelinos, were arrested.
Tacca said a police officer had been killed in the traps that started at 1 a.m.
Guns, sublet documents adopted
The works were carried out by teams who were members of the PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion, the PNP Special Action Force, various local police stations, and the Philippine Army.
According to the PNP Leadership for Integrated Integrated Police Operation at Visayas, the teams received two rifle shots, two breakdowns, seven pistols of capital lump sum, 13.38 calibration machines, gun-Magnum. firearms, 114 live animation, six magazines, two cartoon cards, four cellular phones, and guidance documents.
Tacca said those involved in guarantees were suspicious or supporters of the New People's Army.
“They were suspected of being the victims and killed the police and soldiers here,” said Taccan to the INQUIRER.
But Cynthia Avelino refused that her father and father were rebels and were armed.
“My dad is ill and jealous of getting upset. He is a farmer and a halo-hat [a motorcycle for hire] who tried to quietly earn a living, ”she told the INQUIRER in Hiligaynon and Bisaya.
He had eight guns. Its side was shown as a crane. It's so religious to see my father like that, ”she said.
Her brother, who was ten years old and her sister five-year-old, said she was still “shaking” in fear. ”
“Help us get justice for my father and brother. We carry out justice, ”she said.
The Bishop requests a detailed investigation
Bishop San Carlos Gerardo Alminaza raised questions about the jobs and asked for a detailed search, straight away.
“Our heads of church and amateur staff account for the police accounts. We collect information because the communities most affected are afraid and they are frightened to speak out. Among those killed were smart workers and a former minister, ”said Alminaza in a telephone interview.
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He said that some accounts of those who had been killed were not served.
“With the time they were arrested when they were sleeping, it appears that they were robbers or bad elements so that their reactions could have a negative impact in their future t opposition to their arrest. These are unlawful, illegal practices that break down correct procedures, ”said the prelate.
In a Facebook post, Alminaza appealed to lawmakers: “By doing your job you must not respect human rights and respect for our partners and women. We don't want to turn the beautiful island of Negros to make a kill center! ”
“Make sure you're not adding more to our people, so they are humiliated by our government and peacekeepers! That will allow you to hire for the underground, ”said Alminaza.
He stated that he believed that there were still legal executives who have “a lot of proper tenets, values and principles, which were able to create paths for conversation as a way of sustainable peace and not through violence and human rights violation '. . ”
Cristina Palabay, the general secretary of the human rights agency Karapatan, also criticized the murder, saying: “This is unconscious. We strongly request that the incident be investigated immediately and independently. The Negros area had been a steady target in terms of increasing police and military activity, which has had a very significant impact on local communities. Ten dollars in a day are working with hidden invaders and people without clothes powered by power, thinking they can do their own thing without influence. ” —A report by Carla P. Gomez, Inquirer Visayas
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