Four other massacre victims in last Sunday’s brutal police operations against activists have been identified, all of whom were accused of illegal possession of firearms and explosives like the other five.
Human rights group Karapatan Timog Katagalugan said Dumagat Sierra Madre members Puroy Berhemedo dela Cruz and Randy Berhemedo dela Cruz were shot dead by the police in Sitio Mina, Barangay Sta. Inez, Tanay, Rizal.
Urban poor activists Abner Damas Esto y Mendoza and Edward Damas Esto y Mendoza were also killed by the police in sitio Macaingalan, Barangay Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal as part of the Conduct of Simultaneous Implementation of Search Warrants dubbed COPLAN ASVAL by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines across four provinces last March 7.
In a separate alert, Gabriela Youth Laguna said the dela Cruzes were killed separately but in a similar fashion.
Quoting Puroy’s wife Minda, Gabriela said the raiders arrived between three to four o’clock in the morning and ordered them to surrender with their alleged firearms.
But even before the dela Cruzes were able to comply the raiders shot at the victim four times and killed him, the group added.
Gabriela added that Randy’s family was violently roused from sleep an hour later when the raiders kicked their door down, ordered his wife Violy and their children out and walk 50 feet away.
As soon as the Randy’s wife and children turned their backs, the victim was shot multiple times, killing him instantly.
No details were provided as to how the Estos were killed.
Like the two others killed in Rodriguez, Rizal at what media groups dub as “Bloody Sunday”, the Esto siblings were members of the red-tagged urban poor group San Isidro Kasiglahan, Kapatiran at Damayan para sa Kabuhayan, Katarungan at Kapayapaan (SIKKAD-K3).
The PNP earlier bragged it killed nine persons last Sunday in a “big score” against alleged communists.
- Michael Dasigao and Mark “Mak Mak” Lee Coros Bacasno in Rodriguez, Rizal;
- Manny Asuncion in Dasmarinas, Cavite; and
- Couple Anna Mariz and Ariel Evangelista in Nasugbu, Batangas.
The police also declared it arrested six others of the same charge as illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Karapatan Timog Katagalugan said among those arrested was Joan Ignacio Efren of Sitio Lukuang Malaki, San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.
- Steve Mendoza and Elizabeth Camoral in Cabuyao, Laguna;
- Nimfa Lanzanas in Calamba, Laguna;
- Eugene Eugenio in Antipolo city.
The PNP refuses to identify the nine other target of its operations but human rights groups said one Lito Baez of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Batangas missed being killed or arrested as he was not home when the police raided his house. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)