Friday, March 20, 2009

Negros rights group seeks CHR help on exhumed farmers

By CARINE M. ASUTILLA, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas | 03/20/2009 8:57 PM

A human rights group in Central Visayas is seeking the help of the regional Commission on Human Rights in investigating the death of two farmers whose corpses were found buried in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.

KARAPATAN-Central Visayas and the Promotional Church of People's Response, who conducted fact-finding investigations, identified the victims as Ronel Raguing and Junito Quirante, both of whom went missing in February this year.

Alexandra Quirante, Junito's wife, said that her husband had left their house to barter for food with some relatives in a neighboring barangay, but did not come home. Virginia Raguing, Ronel's mother, meanwhile, said she only realized that her son was gone when a relative came looking for him.

KARAPATAN and the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) later dug up the victims' bodies, which were found wrapped in garbage bags, in a remote area in Sta. Catalina on March 9.

In the initial autopsy report from NBI-7, the victims' hands and feet were tied while their bodies bore several stab wounds.

Dennis Abarrientos of KARAPATAN claimed that the 79th Infantry Battalion was behind the killings. He said both victims were suspected of being members of a rebel group and were arrested by the military in January.

as of 03/20/2009 8:58 PM

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