MANILA, Philippines — A Cordilleran human rights worker whose name appeared on an Army unit’s alleged list of “target persons” was killed Tuesday night in Ifugao province.
Cristina Palabay, secretary of the human rights organization Karapatan said William Bugatti of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-Ifugao was killed around 7 p.m. along the Ifugao Highway in Bolog, Kiangan town.
Palabay could not say how Bugatti was killed, saying a Karapatan quick reaction team was still investigating this.
However, she provided a copy of a purported list of 28 “target persons” in Tinoc town supposedly drawn up by Charlie Company of the 86th Infantry (Highlander) Battalion, which is based in Barangay Impugong, Tinoc.
Palabay said the list had been obtained from “sources.”
The entries in the list include names, “location of house,” CP (cellphone) number, organization, and remarks/assessment.
While most of the persons are listed as belonging to an unspecified “farmers organization,” the remarks/assessment field next to their names indicate they are suspected of membership or ties to the New People’s Army through such entries as, “imbakan ng baril” (armory), “”nagbibigay pagkain sa NPA (provides food to the NPA),” “sa bahay nya natutulog ang NPA (the NPA sleep in his house).”
At least one person is described as “kumander ng NPA (NPA commander).”
Bugatti’s name is number 21 on the list, where he is described as a “human rights officer” and tagged, along with five other persons, of being “utak ng NPA (brains of the NPA).”