Killed by an unidentified gunman on August 30, 2017, Oscar Solania Asildo Jr. was a 46 year old married man with two small children and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental in the Philippines.
He was dedicated to defend people’s rights as a member and organizer of the partylist organization Bayan Muna.
On the morning of the incident, around 11:00 a.m., Oscar Asildo Jr. left the Department of Education division office, where he worked as book-keeper, and was heading towards his car when he was approached by an unidentified man wearing a cap and riding a motorcycle. The man shot him several times and then fled the scene. A white car without number plates was seen in the vicinity before the attack and is believed to have been serving as a look out. The car followed the assailant when he left on his motorcycle.
The Negros branch of Karapatan attributed the attack to President’s Duterte counterinsurgency operations in Negros Island. According to them, the security forces commonly threaten and persecute human rights defenders on the pretense of their involvement with the New People’s Army.