House Resolution 2535 Urging for the Scrapping of Oplan Sauron in Negros Oriental, by Makabayan lawmakers

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City, Metro Manila

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Third Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2535

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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, SARAH JANE I. ELAGO

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RESOLUTION URGING
FOR THE SCRAPPING OF THE OPLAN SAURON BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE AND THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES IN NEGROS ORIENTAL, THAT IS CAUSING MASS KILLINGS AND POLITICAL PERSECUTION OF PEASANTS AND ACTIVISTS SINCE DECEMBER 2018 TO MARCH 2019

WHEREAS, Oplan Sauron 2ptO is an internal security operation plan against personalities connected to the New Peoples Army (NPA) in the first congressional district of Negros Oriental and a follow-up to the December 27 to 29 operations dubbed as Oplan Sauron. It was carried out on March 30, 2019, in three cities and six towns of the province, namely Canlaon City, Guihulngan City, Tanjay City, Ayungon, Mabinay, Manjuyod, Siaton, Santa Catalina and Vallehermoso;

WHEREAS, the December 27, 2018 – Synchronized Enhanced Managing Police Operations (SEMPO), an implementation of Oplan Sauron, resulted to the killing of six (6) activists and residents from Guihulngan City and Santa Catalina town, and the arrest of at least nine (15) peasant activists and residents;

WHEREAS, the March 30, 2019 – joint operations of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines resulted to the mass killing of fourteen (14) peasant activists and residents from Canlaon City, Manjuyod and Santa Catalina towns, and the arrest of at least twelve (12) peasant activists and residents;

WHEREAS, Oplan Saurons death toll on activists and residents of Negros Oriental is on the upsurge in a span of three months, killing the following:

  1. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Buenavista, Guihulngan City – Jesus DonDon Isugan, member of Guihulngan Habal-habal United Operators and Drivers Association (GHUODA-PISTON), whose body was put inside a sack, but police operatives showed a warrant of arrest named for a certain, Tomas Isugan, also, son of Delia Isugan, Kapunongan Alang sa Ugma sa Gagmayng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros (KAUGMAON), the chapter of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) for Negros Oriental;
  2. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Hilaitan, Guihulngan City – Reneboy Fat, member of GHUODA-PISTON;
  3. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City – Demetrio Fat, peasant organizer;
  4. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City – Jun Cubul, peasant organizers;
  5. December 27, 2018, Guihulngan City – Jaime Revilla, a community organizer;
  6. December 27, 2018, Santa Catalina town – Constancio Languita;
  7. March 30, 2019, Sitio Carmen, Brgy. Panubigan, Canlaon City – Edgardo Avelino, a 59-year-old peasant leader of Hugpong-Kusog Mag-uuma sa Canlaon (Hukom), affiliated with KAUGMAON;
  8. March 30, 2019, Brgy. Panubigan, Canlaon City – Ismael Avelino, brother of Edgardo Avelino, a 53-year-old habal-habal driver, member of Nagkahuisang Mag-uuma sa Panubigan (NAMAPA);
  9. March 30, 2019, Sitio Tigbahi, Brgy. Bayog, Canlaon City – Melchor Pañares, a 67-year-old peasant;
  10. March 30, 2019, Sitio Tigbahi, Brgy. Bayog, Canlaon City – Mario Pañares, a 46-year-old peasant;
  11. March 30, 2019, Sitio Manggata, Brgy. Masulog 1, Canlaon City – Rogelio Ricomuno, 52 years old;
  12. March 30, 2019, Sitio Manggata, Brgy. Masulog 1, Canlaon City – Ricky Ricomuno, 28 years old, of;
  13. March 30, 2019, Proper Brgy Aquino, Canlaon City – Genes Palmares, 54 years old, peasant resident;
  14. March 30, 2019, Proper Brgy. Aquino, Canlaon City – Gonzalo Rosales, 47 years old, peasant resident;
  15. March 30, 2019, Brgy. Candabong, Manjuyod town – Valentin Acabal, village chief;
  16. March 30, 2019, Brgy. Panciao, Manjuyod town – Sonny Palagtiw, village chief;
  17. March 30, 2019, Sitio Basakan, Brgy. Panciao, Manjuyod town – Steve Arapoc, 28-year-old member of KAUGMAON, resident;
  18. March 30, 2019, Manjuyod town – Manolo Martin, a resident;
  19. March 30, 2019, Brgy. San Pedro, Santa Catalina town – Ano Enojo Rapada, resident;
  20. March 30, 2019, Brgy. Talalak, Santa Catalina town – Franklin Lariosa, resident;

WHEREAS, the number of arrested peasant activists and residents is on the rise, via irregular procedures, such as with warrantless searches, planting of evidences and coercion:

1. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Buenavista, Guihulngan City – Delia Isugan, organizer of KAUGMA-ON;
2. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Buenavista, Guihulngan City – Dominador Isugan, husband of Delia Isugan;
3. December 27, 2018, Sitio Ilaya, Brgy. Hilaitan, Guihulngan City – Maximo Tamban, lay minister in Diocese of San Carlos, but the warrant of arrest used was named for a certain Maximo Marco;
4. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Nagsaha, Guihulngan City – Glencel Alangilan;
5. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Tacpao, Guihulngan City – Lendy Abraham, village chief;
6. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City – Melbourne Bustamante, village chief;
7. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Tacpao, Guihulngan City – Erlinda Abraham, village chief;
8. December 27, 2018, Brgy. Nagbinlod, Santa Catalina town, Nonoy Trosa, village councilor;
9. December 27, 2018 – Rene Cańete, member of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW);
10. December 27, 2018, Mabinay town – Margie Vailoces, resident;
15. December 27, 2018, barangays Luyang and Talingting, Mabinay town – five residents;
16. March 30, 2019, Mabinay town – Nestor Kadusale, Mabinay town, a peasant leader of KAUGMAON, resident of Mabinay town;
17. March 30, 2019, Brgy. Panubigan, Canlaon City – Azucena Garubat, peasant woman member of Naghiusang Mag-uuma sa Panubigan (NAMAPA), and Anakpawis Party-list Canlaon City Chapter Coordinator;
18. March 30, 2019, Canlaon City – Corazon Javier, Gabriela Coordinator;
28. March 30, 2019 – ten other peasants and residents from Manjuyod town, Canlaon City and other towns;

WHEREAS, Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office announced that the Oplan Sauron 2pt0 it led was in coordination with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), 94th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police – Special Action Force, and Police Regional Office – Central Visayas (PRO7);

WHEREAS, various peoples organizations condemned this measure which is tantamount to reign of state terror or the mass killing of twenty (20) peasant activists and residents and political persecution of at least twenty-eight (28) peasant activists and residents, reeks of gross systematic violation of human rights of the people;

WHEREAS, it should be noted that Oplan Sauron victimizes peasants and activists belonging to legal and democratic peoples organizations, such KAUGMAON, affiliated with the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), local affiliate of PISTON and Gabriela, and chapter of Anakpawis Party-list, thus, these attacks are undeniable measures against constitutional rights to seek grievances or redress, and for fundamental reforms in the country such as genuine agrarian reform, rural development and respect for human rights;

WHEREAS, there are overwhelming accounts of family members and witnesses that the victims were executed and those arrested, charged with planted evidences, under an atmosphere of impunity and total disregard to the rule of law and due process, thus, as urgent measure, to thwart the total reign of state terror in Negros Oriental, and for the restoration of democratic ways of life of the people, the scrapping of Oplan Sauron is urgently urged for;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, for the House of Representatives to urge for the scrapping of the Oplan Sauron being carried out by the PNP and AFP in Negros Oriental, that is causing mass killings and political persecution of peasants and activists since December 2018 to March 2019.

Adopted,

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