NINE members of the Negros Federation of Sugar Workers were killed Saturday evening at a sugarcane plantation they occupied after the owner harvested its sugar cane products in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
This was confirmed yesterday by Police Regional Office (PRO)6 Director Police Chief Supt. John Bulalacao.
Bulalacao identified the fatalities as Eglicerio Villegas, 36; Angelipe Arsenal, alias Peter; alias Dodong Laurencio; alias Morena Mendoza; alias Necnec Dumaguit; alias Bibgbinh Bantigue; Jomarie Ughayon Jr.; alias Biatingo, 17; and Marchtel Sumicad, 17.
Police said the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. inside Hacienda Nene owned by Carmen Tolentino, located in Purok Firetree, Bgy. Bulanon, Sagay City.
The victims went to the area Saturday morning and occupied the farmland after the owner harvested the sugarcane products.
The victims were resting in their makeshift tents when at least 40 armed men arrived and strafed them with bullets.
The victims died on the spot while three of them -- alias Morena, Necnec and Bingbing -- were reportedly burned.
Sagay City police led by Chief Insp. Robert R. Mansueto along with members of the 62nd PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) recovered 12 fired cartridge case of .56 revolvers, seven fired bullets of .45 pistol, a home- made .38 gun and one fired cartridge case of .38 caliber gun.
Police said the area is remote and not passable to 4-wheel vehicles.
“We condemned the shooting incident that resulted in the multiple murder of nine farm workers in the agricultural farm owned by Carmen Tolentino,” Bulalacao said.
He said the Sagay City police and the Special Action Force is hunting down the suspects.
“We extend our sympathy to the victims and their families. I already issued orders to use maximum resources to ensure the arrest of the criminals so that justice may be served to the victims and their families in the soonest possible time,” Bulalacao stressed.