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Cop chief relieved;
NPA denies killing


The New People’s Army Apolinario Gatmaitan Command yesterday debunked allegations that they were behind the killing of Senior Inspector Porferio Gabuya on Wednesday in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, claiming that it could have been perpetrated by a certain group against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Two motorcycle-riding suspects shot and killed Gabuya, deputy police chief for Operations of the Guhulngan City Police Station, at a commercial establishment, near the police station, where he was having coffee. He succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds as one of the suspects used an M-4 assault rifle in shooting the police officer, a Guihulngan police investigation showed.

The killing of Gabuya also led to the relief of Supt. Mario Baquiran as the police chief of Guihulngan City.

Senior Supt. Raul Tacaca, provincial police director of Negros Oriental, confirmed yesterday the relief of Baquiran, and also designated Supt. Supt. Cristopher Navida as officer-in-charge of the city police station.

Ka Juanito Magbanua, NPA-Negros spokesman, said yesterday that Gabuya had no criminal records with the NPA, and the NPA do not cover their faces, when they kill somebody.

“We are not responsible for his death,” Magbanua clarified in an interview with MBC Aksyon Radyo.

Magbanua also said the NPA will implement the 4-day ceasefire ordered by the Communist Party of the Philippines on Dec. 24 to Dec. 26 and Dec. 31 to January 1 next year, in Negros Island.

While marking the CPP founding anniversary on Dec. 26, they will be also be on a defensive mode, Magbanua said, as they anticipate attacks from government forces.*


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