Two S. Tagalog activists killed in less than a week
November 12, 2010 | Laguna
Another activist was killed today in Calamba City.
Carlo “Caloy” Rodriguez, president of the Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggawa ng Calamba Water District, was gunned down by motorcycle riding men while he was on his way home from work at about 5:30pm today. He suffered 4 gunshot wounds – one to his neck, two to his back and one to his arm.
Caloy, 41 years old, worked as a meter reader for the Calamba Water District. He was a long time union leader and a member of the militant public sector oragnization COURAGE (Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees).
Caloy is the second activist killed in the Southern Tagalog region in the span of five days.
Last November 7, Ireneo Rodriguez, a farmer and member of the Samahan ng mga Magbubukid sa Batangas (SAMBAT) was shot dead in Balayan Town in Batangas by two masked men who were also riding a motorcycle.
Ireneo was active in the fight for genuine agrarian reform and has joined several protests including last months “lakbayan ng mga magsasaka” (peasants’ march).
Meanwhile, human rights group KARAPATAN – Southern Tagalog (ST) expressed its concern on how the number of activist killings continue to go up unabated.
According to KARAPATAN-ST deputy secretary general Glen Malabanan, Caloy is the 7th victim of extrajudicial killings in the region under the new administration, and the 22nd across the nation.
“We have no doubt that these killings are still part of the counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) which the Aquino government continue to implement. OBL has been targeting political activists ever since the Arroyo regime decided came up with it as a tool against everyone it consider as “leftist.”
“Now the new president is wandering the same bloody path of his predecessor. Unless his government scraps OBL, we fear the killings and human rights violations will conitnue,” Malabanan said.
KARAPATAN has documented 1,206 victims of extrajudicial killings during the Arroyo regime. # by Southern Tagalog Exposure