Ka Willy Marbella, internal deputy secretary general, KMP
Carl Anthony Ala, public information officer
The militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) is raging at the lost of another member in Cagayan Valley who was killed by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s death squads. According to Ka Willy Marbella, internal deputy secretary general of KMP, “Nelson Asocena was killed on December 13 by a six member death squad of the 21th Infantry Battalion. Nelson is just 19 years old, an active member of KAGIMUNGAN and Anakbayan, he is also the Sangguniang Kabataan chairman in his village in Barangay San Juan, Zinundungan Valley, Rizal, Cagayan.”
“He was killed around 10:30pm right in front of his house. The 6 soldiers first asked for water and when Nelson was about to clear the glasses he was repeatedly shot by the soldiers. The criminals ran and their boot prints were seen to be heading to the camp of the 21th IB in Brgy. Bural, Zinundungan Valley, Rizal, Cagayan,” added Marbella.
“Nelson is the youngest of four siblings married and has a child. His brother in law is a member of the 17th IB which is also assigned in the province. The 21th IB has been in Zinundungan for more than three weeks and is being led by 2nd Lt. Marcelo Pascua under the 5th Infantry Division. They were recently expelled from the Kalinga province for grave human rights abuses like the killing of Robert Sabado, a national minority, last November,” said the peasant leader.
“Nelson was killed while he was in the middle of preparations for the massive anti-charter change prayer rally set in Cagayan Valley to coincide with the rally here in Manila today. It is obvious that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is so desperate that she would even kill so that less people will be mobilized against her aborted and discredited Cha-cha,” ended Marbella.
The news of Nelson’s death only reached the national office after a few days because the place was so remote and cell phone signals are to come by in the area.