The Death of PFC Bacolbacol of 61st IB is Justice for Rodelyn Aguirre
September 18, 2012

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“We have no means of filing a case, what we do want is ‘dorog’ for the child that was killed.” This was the statement of the family of Rodelyn Aguirre, the 6 year old Tumanduk girl who died on March 11, 2012 from an explosion caused by the explosion of a grenade launcher fired from the detachment of the 61st IB situated near their home in Brgy Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz. Dorog is part of the Tumanduk culture requiring payment in death for the debt of life as a way of getting justice. In spite of the obvious facts, the military still strongly denied their crimes and, in their desperation to avoid a criminal suit, even offered P5,000 to members of the Aguirre family to testify in their favour. This is a testament of how the AFP values human life and the tumanduk way of life, a testament to how cheaply they price the lives of tumanduk children.

With the cries for justice for Rodelyn and all other victims of the butcher battalion firmly in grasp, a team of Red fighters crept up to within, more or less, 10 meters, and harrassed the PDT detachment in Brgy Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz at around 7 o’clock in the morning of September 8, 2012. The 14-man force inside the detachment had no idea that Red fighters were already lying in wait just outside the detachment, since 4:30 in the morning. When a target presented itself, the Red fighters opened fire in unison and retreated safely under cover fire by another team positioned farther away. From this action was the confirmed death of Pfc Maximo Bacolbacol, a member of the 61st IB and others were possibly injured. Lt Col Sab-it deceitfully stated that what had happened was an encounter and that the NPA suffered several casualties.

This is the second time that Red Fighters of the NPA crept up and opened fire to a PDT detachment of the 61st IB. Last May 14, 2012 Red Fighters also crept up to the PDT detachment in Brgy Acuña and detonated a claymore mine buried inside their detachment. Unbeknownst to the reactionary forces, red fighters have buried 3 claymores inside their detachment several days ago. The red fighters took advantage of the times when military troops left their detachment and buried the claymores in their absence. 5 of the 10 military personnel fled in fright towards the homes of civilians when the claymore went off, leaving their 5 other companions wailing in fear. To hide their shame, the 61st IB and 3rd ID command has again piled lie upon lie, stating that the claymore went off while their troops were patrolling outside the military detachment.

These actions were successfully done by the Red Fighters of the NPA due to the strong support of the revolutionary mass base. This is contrary to the statements of the military that they now have the sympathy and support of the people. The life-and-death struggle of the NPA and the people in central Panay has reached 4 decades, and will not easily be destroyed by Oplan bayanihan using old, recycled tactics of violence and deceit. The struggle has fought and frustrated the fascism of Martial law and the following Oplan Lambat Bitag and Oplan Bantay Laya and has already frustrated the first year and a half of Oplan Bayanihan. Instead of being “extracted”, what the AFP considers the “molar” of the revolutionary movement in Panay, the Central Front has continued to grow stronger.

Jurie Guerrero
Jose Percival Estocada, Jr. Command
Central Panay