An urgent call to the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) regarding the recent killings of farmers!
We, the undersigned, condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent spate of killings of farmers and farmer-leaders in Masbate and Bondoc Peninsula.
Several months ago on 26 December 2007, Botsoy Vale, farmer leader and elected Barangay Captain, was tortured and killed by the New People's Army (NPA - the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines). His death was claimed by the Jose Rapsing Command of the NPA in an official statement. We quote:
"Ang ikalawang pagsisikap na maparusahan si Botsoy ay nagmateryalisa noong Disyembre. Nakumpiska sa kanya ang isang kalibre 45 baril. Kusang dinala at inilayo siya sa mga walang kinalaman upang di sila madamay at maiwasan din ang di kinakailangang pagkatakot at pagkabigla sa mga ibang sibilyan."
Soon after Botsoy Vale’s death, a death list was issued by unknown texter/s, enumerating the names of the individuals whom they claim to be counter-revolutionaries. Included in this list was Rene Llabres.