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Northern Samar human rights worker strangled inside military camp 20th IB

Sargie Macallan. Contributed Photo

CATARMAN, Northern Samar – Sargie Macallan, human rights worker and chair of Katungod-Sinirangan Bisayas’ Catarman chapter was strangled Sunday, November 26, by a military officer inside the camp of the 20th Infantry Batallion based in Palapag, Northern Samar.

The military officer was identified as Lt. Colonel Domingo, the commanding officer of the 20th IB and allegedly held Macallan by the neck three times late Sunday afternoon.

Macallan and other Katungod staff were on their way to provide legal assistance to three farmers abducted by the military yesterday, November 25, in Palapag.

The three farmers were members of the Northern Samar Small Farmers Association, who in recent weeks have been publicly tagged by the 20th IB as a legal front to the New People’s Army, the revolutionary armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

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In a statement released by Katungod-SB Catarman, Sargie Macallan also received several threats from unknown persons who repeatedly called him yesterday saying his whereabouts were being traced.

Last week, a certain DJ Whisper who had a radio program sponsored by the 20th IB also hurled allegations that Macallan himself was a conspirator to the NPA, a clear form of harassment targeted on human rights workers intent on exposing the criminal abuses of the military.

Katungod Sinirangan Bisayas demands that Lt. Colonel Domingo be held accountable for violently harassing Sargie Macallan and his staff members.

‘We also call on the release of the three peasants illegally arrested by the military, the withdrawal of the 20th IB from all interior communities in Northern Samar and an end to threats and intimidation directed to human rights workers region-wide,” the human rights group urged. []

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