Davao Peasant Leader Survives Slay Try

Jan. 23, 2007

Amancio Carmelo, the secretary-general for Southern Mindanao of the progressive peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, survived an assassination attempt in Tagum City Monday afternoon. According to initial reports, armed men shot Carmelo twice but missed.

The attempt on Carmelo’s life is the latest in the series of attacks against political activists, many of them members and leaders of the KMP. Last month, men believed to be government agents ambushed a group of banana plantation workers in Compostela Valley. One of the victims died in the hospital. The victims were members of a workers’ union that has been at loggerheads with the banana company.

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