The Armando Sumayang Jr. Command of the New People's Army has claimed responsibility for the series of killings in Cauayan and Ilog towns in what is apparently intended to disprove military claims that they are already a “spent force.”
Rebel spokesperson Andrea Guerrero justified killings of Romualdo Dollente, Rene Villar, Jojo Grande and Jose Siplao, claiming that they were either involved in illegal activities, and for being military informants.
Dollente is a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit, and Villar, who used to be a government militiaman, were killed separately by unidentified armed men Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Cauayan, police records show.
Meanwhile, Siplao who is claimed by the NPA to have been an active member of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade, died in an ambush on Nov. 10 in Brgy. Pinggot, Ilog, while Grande, a former NPA member, was also killed in Brgy. Yaoyao, Cauayan.
Guerrero claimed that Dollente was involved in the killing of three individuals in Cauayan in 2011 and 2013, and for the death of Ka Wenly and his two companions, who were members of the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbo ng Bayan.
The rebel spokesperson also linked Villar to killings in Cauayan during the 1990s, and to some alleged illegal activities.
In a statement he issued, Guerrero tagged Grande as a military asset, and linked Siplao to land-grabbing, among others.
Guerrero claimed that they have not incurred any casualty in all partisan unit operations.
To prevent further possible NPA atrocities, the 79th Infantry Battalion and the police mobile group troopers linked up with the local police of Cauayan in securing the town.
Col. Leopoldo Galon, deputy commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said the resumption of NPA violent activities, by targeting former and active CAFGU members, indicated that they were badly affected by their ongoing Oplan Bayanihan activities in insurgency-affected areas.*GPB
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