Benjamin Bayles was a lay minister in the Parish of San Ramon Nonato, and as a committed church worker, he was a District Chairman of the Aglipayan Forum, the Church’s advocacy group, in the Diocese of Negros Occidental. He was an active member of the human rights organization September 21 Movement, and the peasant organization National Federation of Sugar Workers, and also a member of Bayan Muna Partylist. His involvement with the marginalized sector and peasants and workers organizations has earned him the ire of the military who tagged him as a member of the New People’s Army.
The conviction and punishment of the military killers of Bayles will point to the direct accountability of the military hierarchy on the spate of killings. If realized, the punishment of Bayles killers will seriously contribute in the changing of the government’s security policy, open the avenue towards the punishment of the perpetrators of the thousands of human rights victims, give justice to the victims and their families, and hugely contribute in the ending of the prevailing culture of impunity.