Activist in Laguna land dispute killed inside his home

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CAMP VICENTE LIM, Philippines—A leader of a group opposing the conversion of a former sugar estate was gunned down inside his home in Calamba City Laguna on Tuesday evening.

Pablito “Abling” Egildo, 61, the leader of the Kaisahan at Samahan ng mga Mamamayan sa Canlubang (Kasamaka), was shot dead by a lone gunman in Barangay (village) Canlubang at around 7:30 p.m.

“Tatay was taking his rest in our terrace when I heard several gunshots fired,” said Egildo’s eldest daughter, Giselle, 40.

She said she came from the back of their house and ran toward her father as soon as she heard the shots.
Giselle said she ran into the gunman who wore a ski mask to cover his face.

“Our eyes met as I tried to grab his mask off but he hit me with his gun in my shoulder,” she said in a phone interview.

She said the gunman left when she started screaming for help, but did not notice if the man escaped on any vehicle.

Egildo’s wife, Erlinda, was inside the house when the incident happened.

Calamba City police Chief Supt. Marvin Saro said they were still conducting a followup investigation, but mentioned Egildo’s involvement in a land dispute in Hacienda Yulo.

Hacienda Yulo is a 7,000-hectare sugar estate formerly owned by the Yulo clan before the property was sold to the Ayala Land Inc.

The Calamba Multi-Sectoral Council for Sustainable Development (Calambeno), an alliance of people’s organizations to which Kasamaka is a member, alleged that the land developer was forcing the Egildos and about 600 other families of the former sugar estate workers out of the property to give way for the construction of a shopping mall.

In its primer, Calambeno claimed the developer cut the power lines and water supply in the area three years ago and has threatened to demolish the residents’ homes.

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  • Benigno the Turd

    Civil war daw according to Renato Reyes. This is part of the war. Sorry. Blame Bayan. All activists regardless of cause is now FAIR GAME.

  • kapirasongkurot

    Tuwid na daan…tsk

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    All employees of the Yulo’s Sugar estates have duly compensated when they ceased the operation of their sugarmill. They were even provided with free housing to own as part of the termination package. Thousands of the Yulo ex-employees are now living within Lguna.

    This small group of the so called activists are supported by activist bayan muna and the communists NPA.

    Get rid of the so called party list system to prevent infiltration of this anti-government activism.

    • johnvforeighner

      If it was true, but you will find that these people were never paid the what was promised by Ayala.. Now you have the facts. Ayala is a gang of thugs and murderers.

      • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

        Thank you for your info.I hope you are not abusing for calling the Ayalas thugs and murferers unless your close relatives are among the victims. Has there been mauling or murder cases filed in any court vs the Ayalas in Laguna or Manila on this?. Just wondering because they are the buyer and supposedly have nothing to do with this problem

  • http://www.facebook.com/cors.guiao Cors Guiao

    Guns, goons and gold are surely the best way to eradicate here in the Phil. added to that the right connections to the men/women in positions. Cabuyao is very near the Metro and yet this can still happen. A very sad but true reality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anakbayan Anakbayan Phils

    Malinaw na military ang pumatay kay Eglido sa tono ng mga comments ng mga halatang ‘sock puppet’ accounts ng Armed Forces dito. Ang nakakatawa sa mga sundalong ito ay wala silang guts na mag-comment gamit ang sarili nilang FB account. Hindi kasi nila mapanindigan yang gasgas at laos nilang akusasyon na ‘NPA yang mga aktibistang yan’. Ayan tuloy, hiyang-hiya sila ngayon sa buong mundo dahil sa ginawa nila kay Jonas Burgos at sa Morong 43. Napilitan pa silang umamin na ang mga pumatay kay Pastor Benjie Bayles ng Negros nung 2011 ay mga active personnel ng Army. Mga mamamatay tao! Mga hayop! Samantala, ilang beses ng isinuka ng kahit anong matinong korte ang akusasyon nila laban sa mga aktibista.

    • Batang Altura

      dapat talaga inuubos na kayong Anakbayan

  • globe_smart_sun

    AQUINO: Crush all activist! yan yata order ni pnoy sa PNP/AFP! Stop State Terrorism!

    • Batang Altura

      lalo yung mga AKBAYAN mga komunista ang mga yan , sila nagpapasimuno ng gulo , matagal ng tapos yang issue sa Canlubang pero patuloy ang paguudyok sa mamayan..itumba na yang si Reyes namemera lang yan , walang ginagawa kundi mamuno sa protesta , may trabaho ba siya ? san siya kumukuha ng ikinabubuhay, sino may hawak ng pondo ng AKBAYAN kung meron man..

      • Batang Altura

        correction: I am refering to Anakbayan , nakakalito ksi pero just the same pareho lang intensyon ng mga iyan

      • globe_smart_sun

        hindi sila parehas, aral aral din pag may time. anakbayan is different from tuta ni pnoy na akbayan!

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