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Akbayan Partylist is outraged at the bloodbath in the wake of police and military operations in Negros Oriental killing 14 farmers alleged to be linked to insurgents as well as the arrest of an Akbayan woman peasant leader in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental.
Akbayan also condemns the arrest and detention of Ana Maria Dayoha, a peasant leader of the Bagawines Ulay Cabulihan Farmworkers Association (BUCFWA) in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental. She was arrested for illegal possession of firearms after a pre-dawn raid was conducted in their office. BUCFWA is a recognized agrarian reform beneficiaries organization seeking for the installation of their members in DAR-awarded lands.
"The PNP raiding team obviously planted firearms and a rifle grenade inside the premises of their office in the early hours of Sunday morning. Why will a legitimate farmers organization be subjected to such harassment in the guise of anti-insurgency operations?," said Akbayan party list solon Tom Villarin.