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FIVE PERSONS ABDUCTED AND TORTURED BY ALLEGED MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY (PA) IN DINGALAN, PROVINCE OF AURORA
Volume 23 Number 1
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:43

ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT:

The victims belonging to the Dumagat indigenous tribe, namely: Rolan Corpuz, 20; Jun-jun Acleto, 17; Ricky Torres, 21; Lolit Agbayani; and Edwin Buryo, in his 30s and a local trader, all from Barangay Mukalapa were abducted at around 6 o’clock in the evening on December 1, 2009 in Barangay Dikapinisan while staying in a house of a certain “Jun”, after days of hunting the nest of a rare bird called “Layang-layang”.
According to the victims, they were surprised when they were apprehended by around 10 fully-armed military personnel without any reason. They said that they were frisked by the military and were asked to present a residence certificate for their identification. After they failed to do so, the military brought them to a detachment area, where they were allegedly tortured.

The victims said that they were tied separately in four cornered posts of the detachment. The military told them to cooperate and confirm their knowledge about the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) in the area. They even offered Rolan P10,000.00 as a reward once he reveals the place where armed rebels kept their ammunitions. He appealed to the military that they do know anything about their accusations and they were in the area just for hunting. Irked with his answer, the interrogator strangled Rolan. After a few seconds, he was pushed and simultaneously kicked in the chest, stomach and back by two military personnel. Then the military transferred their attention to Ricky. Rolan witnessed how Ricky was kicked several times in different parts of his body. Jun-jun, on the other hand, was punched in the stomach and was hit with a steel pipe by a certain “Sergeant Moreno”. The military threatened to kill each one of them if they did not give any information about the armed rebel group. At this stage, Rolan was terrified and was eventually forced to admit that he is an NPA member.
On December 2, the victims were accompanied by the military towards the mountain they called “Balagbag” in Barangay Alasanay to search for the firearms supposedly buried by Rolan. The military tied their waist and hands with a rope to ensure that they will not escape. They were with the military for two days in the forest and were also forced to act as guide in identifying the NPA’s hideouts.

On December 3, Lolit and Rolan were able to escape from their captors. Rolan was able to slip down a cliff near a river.  He immediately went towards a small passenger vessel going towards Brgy. Kabog. Rolan went right away to the place of Fr. Pete Montallana in Barangay Ibona to ask for help. Rolan said that until now he has no information as to where Lolit is including her present situation.

On December 5, Jun-jun, Ricky and Edwin were released by the military.
Rolan, Jun-jun and Edwin are presently here in Manila and in custody of Fr. Pete Montallana who is planning to file charges against the perpetrators together with other non-government organizations.

Prepared by:

Rommel Yamzon

Research, Documentation and Information Program (RDIP) Staff - Luzon


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