The New People’s Army Mount Cansermon Command yesterday also claimed responsibility for the killing on August 30 of Mario Gonzales, barangay chairman of Panciao in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
Rebel spokesperson Juan Malaya, in a press statement, accused Gonzales of being an active intelligence asset of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police.
Malaya alleged that Gonzales had been reporting activities of civilians suspected to be NPA to the military, since 2012.
Gonzales was the fifth barangay chairman killed in central Negros, including two in Isabela, Negros Occidental, and two in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, since June 12 this year, police and military records show.
The 303rd Infantry Brigade has repeatedly condemned the killing rampage of the NPA in Negros Island.
Malaya said they were able to confiscate firearms from Gonzales, before his death.
He further alleged that Gonzales allowed the military to stay in Panciao barangay for six months, thathe had used in his campaign during for the election.
The death of Gonzales will serve as a warning to those who are allowing themselves to be used by the military, Malaya added.*GPB
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