Eglicerio Villegas

On the 20th of October 2010, Eglicerio Villegas was among 8 others that were brutally slain in what is now being called the Sagay massacre in the Philippines.

Eglicerio Villegas was a peasant leader and member of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) who, alongside 8 other sugar cane farmers had been organizing Bungkalan, a known practice of NFSW where individuals occupy idle and undistributed land that is owed under Agrarian Reform Law to help survive the dead season in the sugar cane industry.  The act of Bungkalan is also an act of protest and campaign to bring true and long-awaited agrarian reform under the Duterte administration. It reflects the unequal distribution of land between landowners and land workers.

Eglicerio Villegas was shot in what is suspected to the acts of private military or militia associated with a small, yet powerful landlord elite and affiliated with the government. Human rights groups have strongly and vocally denounced the clear abuse of human rights.

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Country:The Philippines

Department/Province/State:Negros Occidental




Date of Killing:20/10/2018

Previous Threats:No

Type of Work:Farmer

Organisation:Member of National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) in Hacienda Nene, Sagay

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Freedom of Association, Land Rights, Peasant Communities

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