Militant farmer leader shot dead in Cagayan

Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed Joey Javier, 42, a local leader of a farmers’ group, at Barangay Centro in Baggao, Cagayan, at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, police said.

Javier, a director of the Santo Domingo Farmers’ Cooperative and former chapter leader of the leftist Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas (KMP), was the 765th victim of extrajudicial execution since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took office in 2001, the KMP said. (The [Philippine Daily] Inquirer count is 256.)

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