Porferio Casenas, also known as Lolo Peryong, has sought assistance from the government in treating severe injuries allegedly inflicted by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Pangangan Island, Calape earlier this month.
Casenas personally visited station DYRD on Monday to air his call for assistance from the government after he was brutally battered by two militants during their escape attempt on May 15, just hours prior to their deaths.
The victim, a resident of Barangay Lawis in Pangangan, told DYRD that he needs financial aid to buy medicine for cuts in his head and genitals which needed stitches and bruises on his back.
Earlier, the Calape police indicated that Casenas fought one of the bandits identified as Abu Ubayda, who was armed with an M-16 rifle, using a bolo.
Casenas was overpowered by Ubayda leading to the several injuries the Lawis resident sustained, police said.
However, Casenas in his statement aired through station DYRD noted that the two Abu Sayyaf bandits who were running from authorities approached him at past 12 p.m. on May 15 after he relieved himself at an outhouse in Barangay Lawis.
The armed men, Ubayda and Abu Asis, reportedly accosted Casenas and threatened to kill him.
“Nganong patyon man ko ninyo nga wala man koy sala ninyo,” the victim said in reply to the bandits’ threat.
One of the armed men butt stroked Casenas with a firearm before the other went on top of the victim and choked him.
The Abu Sayyaf fighter then punched him in his genitals causing him to lose consciousness, said Casenas.
According to Casenas, he thought then that he would die as the bandits brutally attacked him.
The victim reportedly regained consciousness moments after only to find other villagers circling the lifeless body of Ubayda who was gunned down by the military near to where he was beat up.
Asis was killed by police hours after, ending the month long manhunt against the Abu Sayyaf in Bohol as its members who entered the province in April were wiped out.
Unidentified tipsters in Pangangan who relayed information to authorities which led to the neutralization of both bandits were given a total of P2.2 million.
Casenas was not among the reward recipients. (Allen Doydora)