Motorcycle-riding armed men along with a silver pick up, both without plate numbers, were tailing the convoy of NUPL, KARAPATAN, KMP, NFSW, KMU, etc. from 2 pm when they left Bacolod City after the press conference at the Negros Press Club. They were tailed closely all the way to Sipalay (reached Sipalay at 6 pm).
Among those present in the convoy were NUPL president Edre Olalia, NUPL secretary general Ephraim Cortez, and NUPL lawyers from Panay.
The armed riding in tandem were later identified by the police as enlisted men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
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