ILOILO CITY — Members of the Military and Police who were not in uniform, masked, and did not introduce themselves entered the house of Herman Allesa, a peasant leader in Maasin, last November 10, 2019, 5 o’clock in the morning.
Allesa was a former Barangay Kagawad for 3 terms and Barangay Captain for 1 term in Barangay Bolo, Maasin. He was also a former treasurer of Pamanggas.
The said raid was rooted from the search warrant issued by RTC Branch 31 Assisting Judge Gemalyn Faunillo-Tarol against Allesa, who allegedly owns 45 and 38 arms.
However from the raid, a rusty grenade was found resting in the fireplace of the house.
Allesa strongly denied the grenade and condemned the operation against him.
According to Allesa, this operation is part of the attack against the critics of the administration to threaten and silence them.
IN A RELATED NEWS,
Three farmers in Cabatangan, Lambunao were arrested by the Military last November 11 in Sitio Tinagong-Dagat while hunting.
According to the relatives of the victims, they have long been intrigued by the military as supporters of the NPA, and due to the threats of the Military, they cannot freely go to their fields to farm.
The investigation whether or not the three are still in the hands of the Military, is still ongoing.
A proposed tourism project by the LGU of Lambunao will be built in Cabatangan that is why people are being displaced and that militarization in the area intensifies.
IN ANOTHER RELATED NEWS,
Masipag-Visayas strogly condemns the continuous surveillance and illegal entry of the Regional Mobile Group in their backup farm in San Dionisio last October 27 and November 7, 2019.
Police members disguised themselves as buyers of bamboo and in the second time, they were accompanied by their official, Col. Oscar, who was looking for Alias Reagan and alleged that members of the NPA are conducting their meeting in the area.
Farmers of Estancia have also reported that PTL Col. Julius Bolano redtagged the progressive groups and Partylists in an assembly of the Barangay Intelligence Network, to form an anti-insurgency group.
Bolano is the head of the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit of Capiz PPO.
Pamanggas strongly condemns the intensifying attacks against the farmers and the organizations helping the farmers.
These attacks, according to Pamanggas, must be fought against and opposed through the collective unity of the farmers./ www.panaytoday.net