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EB Magalona raids

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Army soldiers who were allegedly searching for firearms, raided yesterday the house of an Alab Katipunan organizer and her two neighbors in E.B.Magalona , Negros Occidental.

AK secretary general Ben Solilapsi said last night that soldiers of the 11th Infantry Battalion raided the house of Irene Jamocol and that of her neighbors in Hacienda Santa Ana, Brgy. Consing, E.B. Magalona. Solilapsi said Army soldiers were looking for firearms but none was recovered from the house of Jamocol, AK organizer, and her neighbors.

"We denounce the illegal act by the Army for they lack the necessary documents in the conduct of raids", he said.

Lt. Col. Jess Manangquil, 11th IB commander, yesterday said E.B. Magalona is not within his area of operations.

Lt. Col. Felicisimo Budiongan, Task Force North commander, denied claims that his men raided several houses in Brgy. Consing, E.B. Magalona.

Budiongan, however, said his troopers were informed by hacienda residents that firearms are being kept in one of the houses in the place.

He said the owner of the house surrendered a .38 caliber revolver and a homemade shotgun after negotiations made by his troops. On the other hand, AK said it is assisting three families in Hacienda Salome 2, Victorias City, who are victims of harassments allegedly perpetrated by the New Peoples Army on June 9, for the filing of complaints against the armed group before the Commission on Human Rights.

Solilapsi said about 35 armed NPA rebels, simultaneously raided three houses owned by the family and relatives of a certain Ka Dodoy, a squad leader of the RPA-ABB, in the hacienda on Saturday.

AK is an ally of the RPA-ABB that entered into peace talks with the government in year 2000.

Solilapsi claimed that the NPA also arrested Elias Agripalo, brother-in-law of Ka Dodoy, in Hacienda Jojamar, which is adjacent to Hacienda Salome 2, interrogated and threatened him.

He further claimed that some of the NPA rebels who were minors and women, ransacked the three houses, in search for firearms and members of the RPA-ABB.

The houses were those of Rosini Pabiran, Catalina Agripalo and Orlando Agripalo, wife, mother-in-law and brother-in-law, respectively, of Ka Dodoy.

He identified among those leading the group of NPA rebels as Reynaldo Chavez, alias Ka Naldo, and Ka Bulag, a certain Chona Espinosa, daughter of NFSW organizer Berto Espinosa, while a certain Joel Ojeman served as a guide.*GPB.

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