Couple killed

Karapatan blames soldiers in death of farm-group members

HUMAN rights group Karapatan has tagged government soldiers in the death of a peasant couple in Barangay Tamayong, Calinan district on Saturday.

In a press statement also posted on their facebook account, the Karapatan pointed members of the 3rd and the 84th Infantry Battalions of the Philippine Army (IBPA) in the death of Jezreel Arrabis, 40, and his wife Dalia, 38, who were both killed in front of their house in Purok 6, Barangay Tamayong around 6:40 pm Saturday.

The couple, together with their seven-year-old son, went to Poblacion Calinan for marketing for their small sari-sari store that day. They arrived home around 6:40 pm. When Jezreel was about to alight from his vehicle, a gunman suddenly appeared and shot him multiple times, the Karapatan said.

The group said Dalia, who was seated next to Jezreel, immediately opened the door and threw her son outside the vehicle for safety and instantly hugged his husband while screaming for help.

The gunman then also shot Dalia.

The group said Jezreel sustained three gunshot wounds and died on the spot. Dalia was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Karapatan said Jezreel and Dalia, both  active members of Farmers Association in Davao City (FADC), are the 45th and 46th victims of political killings in Southern Mindanao Region under the US-Duterte regime.

The human rights group is seeking justice for the victims, as they pressed to lift Martial Law imposed in Mindanao.