By Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has assured that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is ready to conduct its own probe into the massacre of nine farmers in Negros Occidental.
“We’ll not wait for the results of the PNP (Philippine National Police) investigation,” said Guevarra on Tuesday.
“If we think that the circumstances require our immediate participation, we shall conduct our own investigation,” he said.
The nine victims were killed Saturday night inside the 75-hectare Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
Initial reports said around 40 men arrived and started firing at the victims who were in the makeshift tents.
The nine victims were identified as Eglicerio Villegas, 36, Morena Mendoza, Marchtel Sumicad, 17 and Angelipe Arsenal of Brgy. Bulanon; an alias Pater, Dodong Laurencio, Neknek Dumaguit, Bingbing Bantigue of Brgy. Plaridel; and Joemarie Ughayon Jr., 17 of Brgy. Rafaela Barrera.
Three of them — Mendoza, Dumaguit and Bingbing Bantigue — were even burned by the suspects.
The nine victims were among a group of farm workers who entered the hacienda Saturday morning and were members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW).