Former NPA Gunned Down by AFP Agents

sendrismall.jpgSuspected AFP agents assassinated former political detainee Ronald Sendrijas on his 35th birthday–January 17, 2008.

On said date, Ronald, who was attending to his sister at Ramiro Hospital in Tagbilaran City, went out to buy some medicines at Paz Pharmacy (in front of the hospital) at about 9:20PM .

However, when Ronald was at the counter, two suspected AFP agents on board a motorcycle arrived. The back-rider approached Ronald from behind, wrapped one arm around Ronald’s neck, uttered Ronald’s name as though to confirm his identity, then shot the victim twice on the nape.

Ronald died instantly.

Since his release from prison, Ronald has been vilified by the military and was even baselessly accused by no less than Supt. Arturo Evangelista (erstwhile Bohol PNP Director) as the mastermind behind the murder of Bayan-Bohol Chairperson Victor Olayvar on Sept. 7, 2006.

Recently, he was maliciously implicated by the military to the murder a certain Bebiano Divinagracia in Brgy. Ilaya, Inabanga, Bohol last Nov. 26, 2007. Ronald angrily denied the charges.

The 302nd Infantry Brigade had been badgering Ronald to “cooperate” in their counter-insurgency operations. Officers of the 302nd IBde had sought meetings with Ronald in various occasions. In one meeting, 302nd IBde Commander Lt. Col. Ceasar Yano offered Ronald rewards if the former pose as an “NPA surrenderee” and publicly renounce the “armed struggle”. M/Sgt. Tabañag even bragged in a military radio program that he was “convincing” Ronald to “surrender.” Rebuked by Ronald, the 302nd IBde took on a more aggressive approach.

On Nov. 27, Col. Yano headed around 50 elements of the 302nd IBde in looking for Ronald in his home in Brgy. San Jose. Armed only with “intelligence report” that Ronald was keeping a gun, the soldiers searched Ronald’s home and even those of his neighbors.

Since Ronald was not around, the soldiers turned their attention to his brother Renato Sendrijas, a barangay Kagawad. They warned himthat they would shoot anyone hiding firearms. But failing to find anything they could use against Ronald, his family or his neighbors, Col. Yano and gang left; but not after forcing Kagawad Sendrijas to sign a waiver stating that the military did nothing illegal in the community.

The next day, Lt. Col. Forlucas of 79th IB arrived at Brgy. San Jose where he met Brgy. Captain Escolastico Succorin. Forlucas admitted to the village chief that “lapses” were committed during the previous day’s operation. He also confirmed that Ronald was in their “Order of Battle”.

On January 16, 2008, at around 7PM, Barangay Kagawad Joel Vistal was surprised to see about ten (10) soldiers positioned themselves near the church–approximately 100 meters from Ronald’s home. Vistal confronted them and asked for their team leader and their purpose. The soldiers replied apologetically that they just arrived from their detachment in Brgy. Datag, Inabanga and that they were heading off to Danao town.

The next day, Ronald was executed.

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