CEGP condemns killing of farmer-radio reporter in Negros Occidental

Julius Barcellano/Radyo Bandera Sweet FM Bacolod

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines decries the killing of Julius Broce Barcellano, a moonlighting radio reporter and chairperson of Hacienda Medina Farmworkers Association, on June 27 at San Carlos, Negros Occidental.

Barcellano was gunned down by a riding-in-tandem at around 9:00 am when he was entering his house in Sitio CotCot, Hacienda Medina, Brgy. Rizal. He is known for leading the fight of farmers in their area.

While advocating for peasants rights, he was also moonlighting as a host of a radio program in Radyo Bandera. Barcellano is the 27th victim of political killing in Negros

Last June 26, the court favored the petition of the group led by Barellano against the ejectment case filed by Uy. Barcellano faced threats and intimidation from Wellington Uy, owner of Hacienda Medina. Uy is believed to be backed and supported by Marton Que, an influential personality in the first district of Negros Occidental.

The Duterte regime has emboldened its security forces and has turned the country into a carnage, killing priests, doctors, lawyers, students, human rights defenders, peasant and indigenous communities, and urban poor communities. The regime has permeated a disgusting level of impunity, so much that at the maximum goons are hired to brazenly attack human rights defenders.

The Guild demands justice to Barcellano and to everyone who was killed under this murderous regime. The Guild will never cease its call to hold the culprits accountable for the worsening culture of impunity, along with the US-Duterte regimes atrocious attacks against the Filipino people.

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