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Urgent Action: A Community Leader was killed after attending a meeting on Socialized Housing for Informal Settlers
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February 19, 2014

(PHILIPPINES) A Community Leader was killed after attending a meeting on Socialized Housing for Informal Settlers

Dear friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the assassination of a housing rights activist who was killed in broad daylight in a crowded informal settlement in Malabon City.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP at: 45 St. Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109; with email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Tel.No.: +632 4378054.

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Case Title: Bagasala Killing
Case: Murder
Name of Victims: Sixto V. Bagasala Jr.
Date of Incident: February 15, 2014
Place of Incident: Flea Market located between Barangay Catmon and Barangay Tonsuya, Malabon City
Alleged Perpetrators: Reynaldo Suela, Jasper, Babyface and Allan
Motive: Land Conflict

ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT

A community leader was gunned down after attending a meeting while on his way home in Malabon City.

Sixto V. Bagasala Jr., also known as Ka Jun, President of the Samahan ng Mamamayang Maralita sa Malabon (Local Association of Urban Poor Communities in Malabon) died after suffering from fatal gunshot wounds from his assassins. The incident happened on February 15, 2014 at around 5:15pm in a flea market located in a crowded informal settlement area between Barangay Catmon and Barangay Tonsuya Malabon City.

According to witnesses (who requested anonymity), before the incident happened they noticed two (2) men who they identified as certain Jasper and Babyface roaming around the vicinity apparently waiting for someone.  Moments later Jasper and Babyface vanished when Bagasala appeared at the scene. At that time they saw two (2) other persons named, Reynaldo Suela alias ‘Ipot’ and Allan.

Suela and Allan approached Bagasala and at close range they opened fire. Bagasala suffered gunshot wounds on his right leg, shoulder, chest and head.

Before he succumbed from his injuries Bagasala tried to get away from his attackers and warned bystanders, including a 13-year-old girl to take cover. But the assassins pursued and fired more shots. When they stopped, witnesses heard Suela saying, “there will be more after you”.

Bagasala’s colleagues claimed that Jasper, Babyface, Suela and Allan are all henchmen allegedly of a certain JR Tacio who is associated with Ben Galauran, a claimant of a few hectares of land where Bagasala and his members reside.   

Bagasala received numerous death threats that are perceived connected with his involvement as a community leader, who fought for the right of informal settlers to a secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing.

Bagasala died on his way home in the adjacent settlement in Phase 5 in Catmon from a meeting held in barangay Tonsuya whose leaders of informal settlers' associations decided to pursue an on-site housing plan through the formation of a housing cooperative.

Bagasala together with members of local organizations were at the forefront of an effort for the construction of medium-rise buildings to be financed through the High Density Housing (HDH) Program of the Social Housing Finance Corporation. The project is part of the P50 billion shelter fund of the national government for informal settlers living along waterways and other danger zones.

Bagasala believed that the program could disrupt the interests of others who profit from informal settlers and from the anomalous implementation of several socialized housing schemes.

Bagasala organized associations of the informal settlers, facilitated dialogues between the settlers and the government, mediated potentially violent conflicts, and did everything else for realization of settlers' dream of having decent living.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please write a letter to the following authorities, calling on them to initiate inquiries into the case of the brutal murder of Sixto V. Bagasala Jr. Likewise urge concerned agencies to immediately resolve the land conflict.

SAMPLE LETTER


Dear ____________,


I am writing to draw your attention regarding the killing of a community leader after attending a meeting on socialized housing for informal settlers.

Sixto V. Bagasala Jr., also known as Ka Jun, President of the Samahan ng Mamamayang Maralita sa Malabon (Local Association of Urban Poor Communities in Malabon) died after suffering from fatal gunshot wounds from his assassins. The incident happened on February 15, 2014 at around 5:15pm in a flea market located in a crowded informal settlement between Barangay Catmon and Barangay Tonsuya Malabon City.

I have learned that according to witnesses, before the incident happened, they noticed two (2) men who they identified as certain Jasper and Babyface roaming around the vicinity apparently waiting for someone.  Moments later Jasper and Babyface vanished when Bagasala appeared at the scene. At that time they saw two (2) other persons named, Reynaldo Suela alias ‘Ipot’ and Allan.

Suela and Allan approached Bagasala and at close range they opened fire. Bagasala suffered gunshot wounds on his right leg, shoulder, chest and head.

I have also learned that Jasper, Babyface, Suela and Allan are all henchmen allegedly of a certain JR Tacio who is associated with Ben Galauran, a claimant of a few hectares of land where Bagasala and his members reside.  

It was also brought to my attention that Bagasala received numerous death threats that can be perceived as connected with his involvement as a community leader, who fought for the right of informal settlers to a secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing.

According to his colleagues, Bagasala was at the forefront of an effort for the construction of medium-rise buildings to be financed through the High Density Housing (HDH) Program of the Social Housing Finance Corporation. The project is part of the P50 billion shelter fund of the national government for informal settlers living along waterways and other danger zones.

Bagasala believed that the program could disrupt the interests of others who profit from informal settlers and from the anomalous implementation of several socialized housing schemes.

Therefore, I humbly urge you to initiate a probe into the brutal murder of Sixto V. Bagasala Jr. and bring those perpetrators to justice. Also please ensure that no such repeat of the incident and that government must provide immediate protection for Bagasala’s family members against possible physical and emotional harm.

Furthermore, kindly look into the possible participation of interest groups including a certain JR Tacio and Ben Galauran.

I look forward to your urgent action is this case.


Respectfully yours,



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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:



1.   President Benigno Simeon Aquino III

Republic of the Philippines

Malacanang Palace

JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila 1005

Philippines

Fax: +63 2 736 1010

Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    



2.    Vice President Jejomar C. Binay

Chairperson

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)

BDO Plaza, 8737 Paseo De Roxas St, Makati City

Philippines

Fax: +63 2 811 4158

Tel:  +63 2 812 8870 / +63 2 811 4168

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



3.    Atty. Chito M. Cruz

General Manager

National Housing Authority (NHA)

Elliptical Road, Diliman, 1100, Quezon City

Fax: +63 2 921 2530

Tel:  +632 921 7828 / +63 2 922 2460   

Website: www.nha.gov.ph



4.    Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales

Commission on Human Rights (CHR)

SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue

U.P. Complex, Diliman

Quezon City

Philippines

Tel: +63 2 928 5655, +63 2 926 6188

Fax: +63 2929 0102

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5.   Police Director General Alan LA Madrid Purisima

Chief, Philippine National Police

Camp General Rafael Crame

Quezon City, Philippines

Fax: +63 2 724 8763/ +63 2 723 0401

Tel: + 63 2 726 4361/4366/8763

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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