The Army's 3 rd Infantry Division yesterday condemned what it calls the “atrocious attack” of the New People's Army against an off-duty and unarmed member of the Civilian Armed Force Geographical Unit in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
This happened while the Armed Forces of the Philippines is observing the 25-day suspension of military operations against the communist rebel group.
The 25-day SOMO of the AFP, that started Dec. 21 last year, will end tomorrow.
Those who have a hand in this treacherous and murderous act of killing through inhuman tactics will be liable as their victim will seek for justice, Major Rey Tiongson of 3ID said.
CAFGU member Ricky Camacho succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, with a fatal injury in the head, when he was shot by five suspected New People's Army assassins on June 10 in Brgy. Magballo, Kabankalan City, military said.
Lt. Col. Ariel Reyes, 47th Infantry Battalion commander, said Camacho was unarmed and was off duty, when he was shot by the suspects he believes to be members of the NPA Special Partisan Unit.
Before they left, Reyes said the suspects had shouted “Mabuhay ang NPA… Nakabawi na kami”.
Despite the incident, Tiongson, however, said “We still humbly call on the ranks of the CPP-NPA who are just being used by their self-serving leaders in initiating violent attacks, to abandon the armed struggle, live a peaceful life, and join us in bringing peace and development to the people”. *GPB