Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday instructed the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct its own investigation into the recent killings of nine sugar plantation workers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
“I have instructed the NBI to come in. We’ll not wait for the results of the PNP (Philippine National Police) investigation,” said Guevarra.
“If we think that the circumstances require our immediate participation, we shall conduct our own investigation,” he continued.
The farmers were killed Saturday night inside the 75-hectare Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
Reports said that some 40 men arrived and started firing at the victims who were resting in makeshift tents.
The slain farmers were identified as Eglicerio Villegas, 36, Morena Mendoza, Marchtel Sumicad, 17, and Angelipe Arsenal, of Bgy. Bulanon; an alias Pater, Dodong Laurencio, Neknek Dumaguit, Bingbing Bantigue, of Bgy. Plaridel; and Joemarie Ughayon Jr., 17, of Bgy. Rafaela Barrera.
They were among a group of farm workers who entered the hacienda Saturday morning and were members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW).