HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 837 ON THE KILLING OF FARMERS LORENDO AND IAN BORRES BY 61ST IBPA IN CAPIZ

House Resolution No. 837 on the Killing of a Farmers Lorendo and Ian Borres by 61st IBPA in Capiz.House Resolution No. 837 on the Killing of a Farmers Lorendo and Ian Borres by 61st IBPA in Capiz.

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
First Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 837

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE FEBRUARY 24, 2017 – EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS OF FARMERS LORENDO AND IAN BORRES BY ELEMENTS OF THE 61ST INFANTRY BATTALION OF PHILIPPINE ARMY IN BRGY. JEBACA, MAAYON TOWN, CAPIZ

WHEREAS, on February 24, Lorendo Borres, 48 years old, father of four and his nephew Ian Borres, 24 years old, father of two, were killed by elements of the 61st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA), while working on their makeshift huts with other five locals at their farm at Brgy. Jebaca, Maayon town in Capiz;

WHEREAS, the Paghugpong sang mga Mangunguma sa Panay kag Guimaras (Pamanggas-Panay, Alliance of Small Peasant Organizations in Panay and Guimaras), Karapatan – Panay and Anakpawis Party-list – Western Visayas Chapter held their fact-finding mission and gathered pertinent information on the incident such as the following:

• on February 24, 2017, at around 3pm, Lorendo Borres was at his makeshift hut at his farm, attending his carabao which was part of his daily routine;
• the victim was also talking to his wife, Analie Diaz Borres on his cellphone, who is working in Manila; moments later, two men in civilian clothes approached and ordered him to give his cellphone;
• he ran away and heard the men shouting “Barilin! Barilin!” towards his house which is two-kilometer away from the site; he relayed to his mother, Lucidita Borres, that there were unidentified men that accosted him and could be bandits that could steal their carabao, also prompted by reports of convicts who recently broke jail;
• when his relatives learned of the incident, particularly his cousin Andy Borres, his nephews Alimar Borres, Ian Borres and Perto Cargo, volunteered to accompany him, carrying their farm bolos to fight off any attempts of theft of carabao; on their approach of the victim’s makeshift hut, they were barraged with fire by armed men, who were positioned at an elevated ground;
• the victim’s group saw that the more or less 20 armed men were wearing fatigue, and it was only then they realized they were members of the military; the farmers rolled down the ground to escape the attack which lasted about 30 minutes;
• at around 4pm, Andy Borres, Alimar Borres and Perto Cargo were able to return to their homes, petrified and they were asking forgiveness from Lorendo and Ian Borres, who were not able to;
• Alimar Borres immediately reported the incident to Barangay Chairman Rene Borres and at the Maayon Police station; some members of the local police went to the house of the Brgy. Chairman but did nothing to retrieve the remains of the victims; the family of the victims were also deprived of their right to approach and redeem the remains;
• a team of the army and police only arrived at the scene at around 9am of the following day, February 25 but only allowed the Brgy. Chairman and patrol to to go with them; upon reaching the site, a grenade was beside the body of Lorendo and a shotgun beside Ian; their remains were about 70 meters apart;
• at around 2pm, the victim’s remains were loaded on an R10 army truck and were brought to Maayon town proper where a vehicle of a local mortuary was waiting;
WHEREAS, the victims were reported by the military as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) killed in an encounter;

WHEREAS, many were asserting that the victims were not members of the NPA;
• a cousin of Lorendo who is an army officer assigned in Negros province was notified by his higher ups that his cousin Lorendo and nephew Ian were mistaken as members of the NPA, but was not publicized;
• the victims’ families and the residents of Brgy. Jebaca;
• the long-time Brgy. Chairman from 1972 to 2007 testified that they were not members of the NPA and had no record of mischief in the barangay;
• Maayon town mayor Wilfredo Borres claimed that the victims were his relatives, that Lorendo frequented his office and house;

WHEREAS, the families and relatives of the victims are crying for justice and they condemned the manipulation of the military such as the planting of evidences on the victims to make it appear that they were members of the NPA;

WHEREAS, at present, the survivors are being threatened by the military, alongside the continued misinformation led by Lt. Col. Leonardo Peña, commander of the 61st IBPA under the 3rd Infantry Division, that they were members of the NPA and were casualties of a legitimate encounter;

WHEREAS, the elder victim’s mother, Lucidita asserted that, if the members of the army were only wearing their proper uniform, the killing could have been avoided;

WHEREAS, PAMANGGAS –Panay and Anakpawis Party-list – Western Visayas asserted that this brutality was symptomatic of the “all-out war” being waged by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through the counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan of the Duterte administration and called for the resumption of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), release of all political prisoners and respect for human rights;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the February 24, 2017 – Extra-Judicial Killings of Rolendo Borres and Ian Borres by elements of the 61st IBPA in Brgy Jabeca, Maayon town, Capiz.

Adopted,

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