303IB commander urged to investigate personnel conduct
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Local farmers’ association came out yesterday and accused the Philippine Army Civil Military Battalion of “red tagging” as the groups had supposedly been named as supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA). Assosasyon sang mga Mangunguma kag Mamumugon sa Lopon naga Ugyon chair Florena Talibutab said of the allegations, “We can’t hardly eat three times a day, how can we support the [NPA]?”
She was joined by five other organizations during a press conference yesterday morning at the Negros Press Club.
Argene Seron of the Kabuhian Farmers Association also denied the accusations.
The two organizations are comprised of around 1,000 members across Kabankalan City.
Seron claimed the “red tagging” has “sown fear and apprehension.”
According to Alibutab, they were previously invited to attend a seminar in Bacolod City in order to receive government assistance but they declined. She claimed, rejecting the offer resulted in the accusations of backing the NPA.
Meanwhile, Seron called on Philippine Army 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, Brigadier General Benedict Arevalo, to look into the conduct of his personnel./DGB, WDJ