The scheduled installation of more than 200 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Bagtic, Mabinay, in Negros Oriental turned into a bloody confrontation, that resulted in the death of an ARB and serious injuries to another.
Mabinay chief of police, P/SInspt Edilberto Diocadez, said that that at about 7 a.m., he received a text message about a hacking incident between ARBs and land petitioners inside the Diaz property covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program in Bagtic, Mabinay.
Initial investigations showed that more than 200 ARBs went into the hacienda waiting for officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform to install them as holders of the Certificate of Land Ownership Award, when they were confronted by the 72 workers actually in possession of the land. This lead to a heated argument.
Vicente Maicom was hacked dead and their leader, identified as Alex Maicom, was seriously wounded.
Diocadez said three of the suspects were immediately arrested. They were identified as Rodrigo Dacosoy, Edgar Gimena and Rogelio Gabutero, all CLOA holders.
Diocadez said he deployed two teams from the Regional Mobile Group to secure the area from further violence, as reports showed that there were hand guns used during the attack.
Former Bagtic Barangay Captain, Gulliver Capanay, one of the petitioners, claimed that he was shot twice by Alex Maicom with a .38 caliber revolver, and that two brothers of Maicom had a .45 pistol and a .357 revolver.
Capanay said he had worked at the Diaz family for more than four decades, and yet his name was not included in the list of CLOA holders.*JG
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