Rally for justice for murdered Sorsogon rights workers shaping up Monday, June 17, DND-Camp Aguinaldo EDSA

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Taas Kamao: Ryan raising his hand till death. Photo/text by BaretangBikolnon.com

SORSOGON CITY – Out pouring of grief and sympathy from youth organizations has continued for murdered human rights workers, Ryan Hubilla and Nelly Bagasala, who were gunned down Saturday morning at Sorsogon City.

In a related development, progressive groups shall hold a rally on Monday, June 17, at DND-Camp Aguinaldo, EDSA, in protest over the killing of two human rights workers in Sorsogon City.

Hubilla and Bagasala were killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen at Seabreeze Homes Subdivision, Barangay Cabid-an, Sorsogon City on Saturday, June 15, at 8:20 AM. The two died on the spot.

Aside from being a staffer for KARAPATAN-Sorsogon, Hubilla was co-founder of Anakbayan-Sorsogon. He was at Senior High in Sorsogon Provincial High School.

Bagasala was member of Sorsogon People’s Organization under KARAPATAN-Sorsogon.

ANAKBAYAN Sorsogon, in a statement, said Ryan was a Grade 12 HUMMS Student whose dream was to become a lawyer who will defend the people from oppression. Nanay Nelly was a dedicated human rights worker who had strong empathy with folks in the rural areas.

In a related development, artists group Panday Sining headed by Chairperson Nico Garduce vows to seek justice for slain human rights workers Ryan and Nelly.

The artist group said a rally shall be held on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 10AM at DND-Camp Aguinaldo, EDSA.

In Manila, Anakbayan condemned the brutal killings of human rights workers Hubilla and Bagasala, and place the murder squarely at the feet of Duterte and his butchers in the Armed Forces and police.

“This brutal slaying of human rights defenders is proof that Duterte’s relentless war on the Filipino people continues—especially against those who dare fight for human rights against his bloodthirsty regime,” said Anakbayan spokesperson Alex Danday. “This is MO 32– the militarization of the countryside, and this is EO 70, the Whole-Of-Nation Approach in gory action.”

Bicol—along with Eastern Visayas, and Negros—is part of the regions bombarded with intensified military deployment due to MO 32 starting in 2018, resulting in dozens of deaths of poor peasants and human rights workers, among others.

Ryan Hubilla, a Grade 12 Senior High School student, was one of the founding members of Anakbayan Sorsogon and instrumental in organizing youth in the province.

“Ryan was an outstanding member of Anakbayan Sorsogon. He has volunteered to serve the people of Bicol by joining KARAPATAN in defending Bicolanos’ rights against state abuses, and for this, he was gunned down in cold blood. His killing is meant to terrorize the youth into simply accepting Duterte’s fascist reign, to cow Ryan’s peers into silence,” continued Danday.

According to KARAPATAN, even before the murders, human rights workers in the area were subjected to periodic surveillance and harassment by military and police operatives.

Despite the murder, Anakbayan vowed to fight for justice for Ryan and Nanay Nelly and continue to defend human rights across the country.

“We recognize that the only way to stop the bloodshed is to end the regime that masterminds it all. We will not stop. The more they attack the youth, more and more will become fed-up, rise, and take their place! Each attack strengthens the Filipino people’s rage against Duterte’s regime, the rage that will ensure his downfall!” said Danday.

“We are calling everyone to mobilize on June 17 in front of the DND-Camp Aguinaldo EDSA at 10:00 am to condemn the killing of Ryan Hubilla and Nelly Bagasala!” [BicolToday.com]

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