Deployed military troops torture residents in Ticao Island, Masbate | BICOL TODAY

Deployed military troops torture residents in Ticao Island, Masbate

San Jacinto, Masbate. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

San Jacinto, Masbate. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

By Reportorial Team

MASBATE CITY, 7Nov2014 — Over one week of operations and occupancy by military troops of Brgy. Danao, San Jacinto, Masbate and other barangays in Ticao island,10 residents were tortured while fear has caused delays to normal lives and livelihood to most residents.

Members of 93rd Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC) of the Philippine Army surrounded the home of a resident named Meo Alipin and forcefully took his chicken and even eggs were not spared last October 29.

Resident Bryan Espenilla, with mental disability, was beaten up and tortured last October 30 based on the received report.

After receiving a negative response during the interrogation last November 2 , Maj. Benito Armando, deputy commander of Task Force Masbate and deputy commander of the 9th Infantry Battalion, slapped a fisherman named Dampy Codillo who had just done fishing.

Romeo Espenida, sicked senior citizen, experienced torture when bullets were inserted between his fingers then squeezed forcefully.

Military troops forced him to admit that their house served as hide-out of NPA.

Couple Comil and Mio Pujol’s house was illegal ransacked and the troops scattered their clothes and rice.

Roldan Banoy was tortured, using M-16 rifle, until he vomited out blood. He was detained in the house of a plunderer of land and livelihood of farmers in So. Guiwanon, Brgy. Danao, San Jacinto, Masbate, according to residents.

Even resident Nono Portal was forced to admit of being a member of the NPA.

When he denied, he was also held against his will inside the house of the plunderer of land.

Sisoy Espinio, another barangay resident, was also forcefully imprisoned in the house of the plunderer after he refused to help the plunderer.

Last November 4, the military troops took the car, generator and other valuables of Albert Bartolay.

Even RJ Labustro of So. Busdak, Brgy. Bartolabac, San Jacinto, was beaten up just to admit that he is a member of the NPA.

Such abuses are clear violation of Protocol I and II as stated in the Geneva Convention, and even in the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHIHL), an agreement signed by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), according to Val Silang of NDF-Masbate.

Civilians must be spared the worst effects of conflict of the two governments based on the said protocols.

Protocols I and II improve the legal protection covering civilians and the wounded, and lay down detailed humanitarian rules that apply in civil wars.

These protocols were adopted on June 1977 which supplement the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

Silang said that the provincial board members, primarily the human rights committee should pass an ordinance or resolution to protect the rights of Masbateños and help promote justice to the victims of abuses.

“Such ordinance will ensure that punishment is being exercise to members of the military and police who violate human rights,” said Silang.

The NDF-Masbate urges Masbateños to oppose and resist the militarization in the countryside and cast away deployed military and police troops in their province, said the NDF in a statement. []

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