ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1569 ON THE ABDUCTION AND TORTURE OF CARLITO BADILLO, PEASANT LEADER AND MEMBER OF PEOPLE SURGE IN SAMAR

Anakpawis files House Resolution No. 1569 on the Abduction and Torture of Carlito Badillo, Peasant Leader in SamarAnakpawis files House Resolution No. 1569 on the Abduction and Torture of Carlito Badillo, Peasant Leader in Samar

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1569

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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 NOVEMBER 10, 2017 – ABDUCTION, TORTURE AND ILLEGAL ARREST OF CARLITO JAMES BADILLO, LEADER OF TAG-ALAG FARMERS AND FISHERFOLKS ASSOCIATION AND MEMBER OF PEOPLE SURGE, GROUP OF TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS, BY THE ELEMENTS OF THE 87TH INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY IN MARABUT TOWN, SAMAR

WHEREAS, on November 10, 2017, around 7:30 in the morning, Carlito James Badillo, 41, leader of Tag-alag Farmers and Fisherfolks Association, was abducted while on his way home after sending his children to Osmeña National High School by the elements of 87th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) in Brgy. Legaspi, Marabut town of Samar province;

 

WHEREAS, reports from human rights group of Eastern Visayas Katungod Sinirangan Bisayas, stated that on the victim’s abduction, he was forced to get on a white-colored car at gunpoint, subsequently, brought to a room where he was interrogated and tortured;

 

WHEREAS, the victim attested that soldiers slapped his face with a slipper, punched him in the chest, and was threatened to be killed;

 

WHEREAS, during his ordeal, he was accused being a member of the New People’s Army (NPA);

 

WHEREAS, upon his turn-over by the AFP to the police, he was forced to sign a paper which was not explained to him amid questions of its content;

 

WHEREAS, after the victim’s abduction, a quick reaction team (QRT) was organized by the People Surge, the group of Typhoon Yolanda victims, attempted to locate Badillo at the camp of the 87th IBPA in Calbiga town, Samar, but soldiers claimed he was already out of their custody;

 

WHEREAS, the members of the QRT confirmed from a news broadcasted by Bombo Radyo Tacloban that Badillo was apprehended by the AFP, which they denied on a news aired in ABS-CBN Tacloban;

 

WHEREAS, on that same day, the victim was detained at the Marabut Police Station suddenly being charged with rebellion and accused of possessing a firearm;

 

WHEREAS, the following day, he was again transferred to another police station in Palo town, Leyte and there already accused of possessing explosives, aside from the firearm;

 

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 November 10, 2017 – Abduction, Torture and Illegal Arrest of Carlito “James” Badillo, leader of Tag-alag Farmers and Fisherfolks Association and member of People Surge, by the elements of the 87th IBPA in Marabut town, Samar.

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