Posts by tag: Extrajudicial Killings

10 years ago

Bayan Muna member killed in Panabo

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By CHERYLL D. FIEL
Jim Galez, a member of the regional secretariat of partylist group Bayan Muna, was driving his motorcycle on the road to Barangay Little Panay in Panabo City on Wednesday, May 19, when shot by still unidentified gunmen.

11 years ago

A doctors death and the dying health system

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Dr. Bong Peera. (davaotoday.com photo by Barry Ohaylan)

DAVAO CITY (davaotoday.com) While more health workers chose to go abroad to look for greener pastures, Dr. Rogelio Bong Peera, 45, opted to stay. But on June 24 this year, his killers took his life.

His brother Carlos Peera said he learned from the neighbors that men aboard an L200 vehicle had been asking about Dr. Peera a few days before he was killed.

Dr. Jean Lindo, a member of the doctors group Rx for Peace, said that amidst the continuing migration of doctors out of the country, Peeras death was a big loss. Read on.

11 years ago

A Pattern to Madness

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(first of three parts)

Killed on the feast of San Isidro, the patron saint of peasants, Celso Pojas fell just a few steps from the gate of the KMP office in Maa. (contributed photo)

First, their groups have been tagged as the legal fronts of the Communist New People’s Army. Then, top military officials make public statements suggesting they’re enemies of the state. Finally, before anyone could stop to consider, they are killed.

This pattern emerges in the extrajudicial killings of activists in the country, which have become more pronounced in Davao City and neighboring provinces of Compostela Valley as the government’s 2010 deadline to wipe out the Communist insurgency looms.

After Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo exposed the existence of a military document linking some individuals and civil society groups to the Communist movement, Davao Today finds it urgent to look into the pattern of the killings of activists in this part of the country. Read on.

11 years ago

Peers of slain doctor worried over colleagues’ safety

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Peera’s name was not in the reported military list earlier leaked by Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo to the media. But groups like the United Integrated Health Services Foundation Incorporated (UIHSFI), where Peera used to sit as Board member, and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), where he was a council member, were.

Dr. Jean Lindo, chair of the doctor’s group Rx for Peace, said the killing of Peera has raised the concern of their colleagues over the safety of six other physicians identified in the military Order of Battle (OB) list. They included Dr. Ruben Robillo, Dr. Jose Lacuesta, Dr. Shalom Lorezana, Dr. Eugene Nalian, Dr. Rey Lasaka. The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) plans to call a meeting with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to clarify whats on the document. Read on.

11 years ago

Activist doctor shot dead in Davao

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Dr. Rogelio Bong Peera, head of the Department of Health (DOH) epidemiological research and surveillance unit tasked to monitor and address the A (H1N1) flu cases in the region, was killed in his car while going home. He was active in political campaigns that sought governments attention to the sordid state of the countrys health care delivery.

Piera was also a member of the groups Alliance of Health Workers (AHW), the Rx for Peace and the Health People United for the Removal of Gloria (Purga), a group of medical practitioners and health workers calling for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Read on.