By Reynard Magtoto
NAGA CITY – Following the assassination of two human rights workers in Sorsogon City Saturday, another activist in Bicol gunned down along the road in Barangay San Isidro here today, June 17, on his way to work.
Neptali Morada was shot multiple times, sustaining six bullet wounds from an M16 at about eight o’clock this morning. His perpetrators were reported riding a van. Morada managed to drive 100 meters away from perpetrators, but later on succumbed to his injuries.
Morada was a former popular campaigns committee head of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) -Bicol, regional Bayan Muna head and Student Christian Movement of the Philippines member. The victim now works as a staff member of former Camarines Sur vice governor Ato Peña.
Before his death, Morada was already alarmed over the heightened periodic surveillance conducted by police and military forces since he left BAYAN – Bicol.
On June 15, Two human rights workers were killed close range by two unidentified gunmen. The victims Ryan Hubilla, a senior high school student, and Nelly Bagasala were found dead with multiple gunshot wounds at around 8:20 in the morning along the road of Phase 2, Seabreeze Homes Subdivision, barangay Cabid-an in Sorsogon province.
BAYAN Bicol condemns the brutal killings of activists in the region.
Duterte Government is desperate in its failure to end the civil war in the country that’s why he implemented the ‘whole-of-nation approach’ of the US imperialist agents Lorenzana, Esperon and Año according to BAYAN Bicol spokesperson Dan Balucio.
“In the ‘whole-of-nation’ program, the civilian bureaucracy of the Government is subject to the command of the military and police. It is a direct militarization of the civilian bureaucracy. Basic social service programs are set in the counterinsurgency program,” said Balucio.
Balucio added that MO 32, EO 70 and whole-of-nation approach will strengthen social tensions due to fascist US-Duterte regime and the tyranny of its state forces.“Memorandum Order 32 violates the human rights of the masses,” he said.
Since the implementation of MO 32 on November 2018, Bicol region recorded six (6) extrajudicial killings – four (4) victims in Sorsogon, one (1) in Masbate and the latest record today in Camarines Sur. [BaretangBikolnon.com]