Three suspected New People's Army assassins believed to be members of the NPA Special Partisan Unit shot and killed a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Thursday in Barangay Sikatuna, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
The killing of CAFGU member Joel Villanosa took place almost two weeks after a barangay chairman and his wife died in an ambush, also perpetrated by the NPA in Tinayunan Hill, Guihulngan City, military records show.
Lt. Col. Paulito Idul, 11 th Infantry Battalion commander, said yesterday that Villanosa succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.
The 3 rd Infantry Division condemned the atrocious attack of the NPA, this time victimizing an unarmed CAFGU member.
Maj. Rey Tiongson, 3ID spokesman, said the Philippine Army will file charges against the perpetrators, and called on the Commission on Human Rights and other human rights advocacy groups, including Karapatan-Negros, to investigate the murder of Villanosa.
Tiongson said the 3ID, headed by Maj. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, has ensured that the necessary support is provided as soon as possible to the family of Villanosa.
Villanosa, 47, assigned at the Linantuyan detachment, was about to board a passenger tricycle, when he was gunned down at the public market of Brgy. Sikatuna, Guihulngan City.
Col. Jon Aying, 303 rd Infantry Brigade commander, who also now supervises the 11IB in central Negros, condemned the inhuman act of the NPA, and said the Army's implementation of the AFP Internal Peace and Security Plan "Bayanihan" in tandem with CAFGU members, other security forces, stakeholders, had been effective in the effort to win the peace in Negros Island.*GPB
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