HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2109 ON SERIES OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS ON AUGUST 18 TO 19, 2018 IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2109 ON SERIES OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS ON AUGUST 18 TO 19, 2018 IN COMPOSTELA VALLEY

Republic of the Philippines

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS

Third Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2109

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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 SERIES OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS AGAINST FARMER-MEMBERS OF COMPOSTELA FARMERS’ ASSOCIATION (CFA), NAMELY, RONNIE PANIEBO ON AGUSUT 18, 2018, FARMER COUPLE GILBERT AND JEAN LABIAL, ON AUGUST 19, 2018, IN COMPOSTELA TOWN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY

WHEREAS, on August 18, 2018, around 10:30pm, Ronnie Paniebo, a 45-year old farmer and active member of Compostela Farmers’ Association in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, was abducted by two men riding-in-tandem on a motorcycle, believed to be elements of the 66th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA). This was after his shift as a volunteer security personnel of the lumad school, Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center (Salugpungan) in Brgy. Bango of the said town. He was dragged a few meters from the school, then he was shot dead by the perpetrators;

WHEREAS, the following day, August 19, 2018, at around 12 noon, upon learning of the incident, farmer couple Gilbert and Jean Libial, members of the same farmer group CFA, went to the Alar Funeral Parlor in the town proper, where the victim’s body was being laid. They were accompanied by a village offical;

WHEREAS, after a few hours, the couple and the village official decided to return home and rode on separate motorcycles. Upon reaching Sitio Balite in Brgy. Banakon, the village official witnessed the couple attempted to take a u-turn after seeing suspicious men on-board two motorcycles near the 66th IBPA camp;

WHEREAS, as two armed men on a motorcycle reached the couple, Gilbert was shot at the head, causing them to crash and skid off on a canal, where they were again shot again;

WHEREAS, according to Tanggol Magsasaka peasant human rights group and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas – Southern Mindanao Region (KMP-SMR), the victims were not only active in participating in land struggles campaigned by CFA, but they also supported the struggle of lumad indigenous coummunites, thus, Paniebo volunteering as a security personnel of the Salugpungan lumad schools;

WHEREAS, farmer members of CFA and of the Mindanao major island have become usual targets of extra-judicial under the Duterte administration and martial rule. Out of the 148 farmer-victims of extra-judicial killings across the country, more than half were from Mindanao, particularly in the Davao region. Compostela Valley is becoming a valley of death to farmers as the victims of extra-judicial killings has at present reached twenty-five (25);

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 series of extra-judicial killings against farmer-members of CFA, on August 18 and 19, in Compostela town, Compostela Valley.

Adopted,

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