Roger Vargas

As of end August 2015, there are 175 peasants killed under the BS Aquino regime.

Roger and Lucila Vargas were killed on September 19, 2015 in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. The Vargas couple was in the middle of a land dispute with the influential Singsons of Ilocos Sur who claims ownership of the couple’s 2.5 hectares of land. The Singson family is also after at least 11 hectares of land in San Isidro Village, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, occupied and tilled by many other farmers.

In the afternoon of September 19, the couple were on their way to the market on a tricycle when motorcycle-riding gunmen fired at them. Roger, who was shot in the head, immediately died. Lucila, who also sustained gunshot wounds, was still able to call and talk to Cecil Rapis, also peasant leader, to tell her Roger is dead. When Rapis asked if Lucila recognized the people who shot them, “Oo. Kilala namin (Yes. We do),” Lucila replied. Then the line was cut off. Lucila died before she reached the hospital. The tricycle driver survived the attack.

The day before the incident, the couple had a confrontation with the guards who claimed they work for the Singsons. The Vargas couple were active members of Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Magsasaka sa San Isidro and Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Bulacan. They left behind eight children.

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Country:The Philippines




Date of Killing:19/09/2015

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:NGO member

Organisation:Nagkakaisang Magsasaka ng San Isidro (NAGKAISA)

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

Sector Detail:Land Rights, Peasant Communities

More information:Karapatan

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