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Pro-government militia kills couple in Davao Norte

TAGUM CITY- A pro-government militia shot dead a farming couple who rejected his demand to put him first in queue in the family-owned corn mill in Davao del Norte’s Kapalong town, a human rights group said Tuesday.

Karapatan said the militia, who is under the 72nd Infantry Battalion, also opened fire on other farmers in the corn mill and attempted to shoot at the couple’s eight-year old daughter.

Both Reynaldo Martir, Sr and his wife Teresita were killed in the rampage which occurred near a military post, but soldiers failed to arrest the militia who later escaped.

Hanimay Suazo, Karapatan’s Secretary-General, condemned the twin murder which occurred just recently.

She called on the government to disband all militia groups under the command of the Philippine military.

“Once again, we call for the immediate disbandment of paramilitary forces and call for the pull-out of state troops in the countryside,” Suazo said, adding, “state forces have only wrought gross human rights violations against civilians.” (Mindanao Examiner)

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