DOJ asks NBI to probe killing of two activist farmers in Albay | Inquirer News
Close  

DOJ asks NBI to probe killing of two activist farmers in Albay

/ 03:02 AM July 29, 2021
NBI Headquarters in Manila

The NBI headquarters in Manila. (File photo from the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the killing of two activist farmers in Guinobatan, Albay.

In Department Order No. 175, Menardo also authorized the NBI to file the charges, if evidence warrants, against those found responsible for the deaths of Jemar Palero and Marlon Naperi.

ADVERTISEMENT

The NBI officer in charge, Eric Nistor, was also required to submit reports on the progress of the investigation within 10 days and periodically after.

Palero was a member of the Organisasyon ng Magsasaka sa Albay (OMA) and Naperi was a member of the Albay People’s Organization, an affiliate of Karapatan-Bicol.

FEATURED STORIES

Both were killed on Banao Bridge on Maharlika Highway after an alleged shootout with cops, while the two were painting graffiti.

The broad alliance group Defend Bicol Stop the Attacks Network said the two activists were unarmed when they were shot dead by Albay police officers.

The two victims had already spraypainted on Banao Bridge what appears to be an unfinished protest slogan — “Duterte Ibags,” according to the group.

Meanwhile, human rights group Karapatan also decried this killing, claiming that it was another “damning evidence of the bloody state of the nation under [President Rodrigo] Duterte.”

Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the chief of the Philippine National Police, has already ordered an investigation into the shooting incident.

According to Eleazar, the police officer involved have been placed under restrictive custody.

RELATED STORY

Killing of 2 activists hours before SONA condemned

[atm]

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: DoJ, Jemar Palero, Marlon Naperi, Menardo Guevarra, NBI, slain Albay activist farmers
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.