2 Chainsaw Operators Mistaken for Rebel Members Shot by Cops

2 Chainsaw Operators Shot by Cops after Mistaken for Rebel Members

Two (2) chainsaw operators were killed after being shot by cops when were allegedly mistaken for members of the terrorist group.

The family of two chainsaw operators is demanding justice after members of the Special Action Force-PNP killed them in an operation. According to the article, they were mistaken for members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).

The victims were named Joel Balading Recare and Oscar “Oca” Alastoy, both chainsaw operators in the aforementioned province’s Barangay Sangay, Palapag. The operation took occurred in Sitio Ibaliw, Bgy, according to the SAF-PNP report. Capacujan, Palapag Northern Samar, where they confronted more than 20 terrorists.

Chainsaw Operators Shot Cops

Contrary to the barangay chief’s claim, the encounter occurred in the town’s barrio Sangay, not in the mountainous area of barangay Capacujan. The victims are in the area, according to family, because they work as chainsaw operators and are not members of the NPA.

According to the family, it took more than 24 hours to get the bodies of Balading and Alastoy to the Rural Health Unit (RHU) because they were completely decomposed. At the time of writing, the SAF-PNP Northern Samar leadership had not yet published a comment addressing the incident.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) office in Eastern Visayas will look into the deaths of two chainsaw operators. The killing was criticized by CHR. In an interview, Eastern Visayas Director Desiree Pontejos stated that no conditions or ideology can excuse abuses of human rights, especially killing.

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