Groups want release of 11 Negros villagers

ILOILO CITY, Philippines ---Farmers' and human rights groups on Monday called for the release of 11 villagers who were arrested during the military-backed police operations in Negros Oriental province on March 30 where 14 farmers were gunned down. The call came more than two weeks since the arrests in Canlaon City and Manjuyod and Santa Catalina towns in Negros Oriental. One of those arrested had posted bail. The human rights group Karapatan said it had yet to determine the identities and status of seven villagers who were arrested, due to the difficulty in accessing the communities where the operations were conducted. "We conducted a five-day fact-finding mission but we still c...

Keep on reading: Groups want release of 11 Negros villagers