Compostela activist slain in own home

By Jeffrey M. Tupas
Mindanao Bureau
Last updated 01:23pm (Mla time) 07/10/2007

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Unidentified gunmen shot and killed the municipal coordinator of the left-wing party-list group Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) in Nabunturan town, Compostela Valley on Saturday, the human rights group Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights) and the military said Tuesday.


Alfonso Capiales, 72, was inside his house in Barangay (village) Magsaysay when he was shot by one of two gunmen according to Kelly Delgado, Karapatan secretary general in Southern Mindanao said.


Capiales was also chair of the Magsaysay Farmers Association (Mafa) and an officer of the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Nabunturan (Namana or United Farmers in Nabunturan).


Delgado quoted a witness as saying one of the assassins, identified only as Lucio, entered the victim’s house and peppered Capiales, who was then with his children, with bullets.


Major Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command, confirmed the incident but claimed Capiales was a military informer.


Delgado rejected this, saying they have no doubt state agents were behind Capiales’ death.


Three days before he was killed, Delgado said Capiales was summoned by the military to the barangay hall in Magsaysay on suspicion he was a member of the New People’s Army (NPA).


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