Group accuses military of detaining peasant in Camarines Sur


Militant rights group Karapatan accused the military of detaining a peasant in Sagnay town in Camarines Sur late last month.

Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said Aeta peasant Antonio Narvaez, 33, was illegally arrested last July 19, supposedly by soldiers from the Army’s 83rd IBPA and 9th Infantry Division in Brgy. Turague, Sangay, Camarines Sur.

Three days after Narvaez disappeared, Karapatan claimed Capt. Randy Llunar of the 9th ID Public Affairs Office said they had custody of Narvaez.

Karapatan also accused the military of gunning down peasant leader Alberto Tecson, 45, July 24 in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

It said six men gunned down Tecson in front of his children, a day after soldiers went to his house and accused him of transporting members of armed groups using his pump boat. Tecson supposedly denied the allegation.

Meanwhile, Karapatan claimed residents of Brgy. San Ramos, Nagtipunan, Quirino were forcibly evacuated July 27 due to military operations of the 86th Infantry Battalion.