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Farmer leader shot dead in CamSur
By Jonas Cabiles Soltes
Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 17:47:00 11/11/2009

Filed Under: Murder, Crime

NAGA CITY, Philippines– A peasant leader was shot dead Tuesday afternoon in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, a report from the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office on Wednesday, said.

Rodrigo Torres, 40, of Barangay San Pablo, was about to herd his cattle, about 100 meters from his residence, when unidentified armed men sprayed him with bullets, using M16 rifles, police said.

Police said Torres died instantly.

Operatives from the Del Gallego Municipal Police mounted a manhunt for suspects.

Del Gallego Mayor Bayani Veluz said Torres, a former three-term councilor of the village, was a member of the justice committee of Barangay San Pablo.

Torres was about to attend a convention of the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Patriotic Coalition of Citizens), an alliance of progressive groups in Naga City, the day he was killed.

Torres led the town chapter of the Bicol Coconut Planters Association Inc., which also had him as member of its board of directors from 2002 to 2007, said John Concepcion, spokesperson of human rights group Karapatan-Bicol.

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