9 March 2009
After almost two months of search, two missing farmers were finally found by their families in a shallow grave in a wooded area of Sitio Junob, Brgy. Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.
Ronel Raguing, 25, and Julito Quirante, 48, were found in a moderate state of decomposition with their hands tied behind their back in an execution fashion.
The human rights group KARAPATAN-Central Visayas, who assisted the families in the Fact-Finding Mission, condemned the 79th Infantry Battalion whom the families blamed for the abduction of the vicitms on 02 February, 2009.
The group said this atrocity belies government claims of improving human rights conditions in the country.
“The abduction and execution of Raguing and Quirante, like that of teacher Rebelyn Pitao in Davao, are grim testimonies to the continuing attacks on human rights,” said Dennis Abarrientos, secretay-general of KARAPATAN-CV.
According to witnesses, the two farmers were arrested by army troopers based in Nagbinlod, Sta Catalina on February 2, 2009 and brought to the forest.
The families of victims earlier reported and sought help from Sta Catalina PNP the disappearance of Raguing and Quirante but no concrete action was made.