The police are set to file murder charges against suspected New People’s Army rebels behind the death of a village watchman in Brgy. Carol-an, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Supt. Jonel Guadalupe, Kabankalan City police officer-in-charge, said yesterday that some of the assailants of barangay tanod Cornelio Morales, also a member of an Indigenous People group, have already been positively identified, with the help of an eyewitness, after pictures of some NPA rebels were shown to him.
Morales succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, after he was shot and killed by the rebel suspects, who were armed with AK-47 and M-16 assault rifles, in front of his daughter, and neighbors while he was resting at a waiting shed on Tuesday.
They have no records of abuses committed by Morales, who had been a barangay tanod of Carol-an for 11 years now, Guadalupe said.
An Army general slammed the NPA for killing Morales.
“Killing an innocent and defenseless civilian in front of his child is a heartless act that only terrorists do,“ Maj. Gen. DinohDolina, 3rd Infantry Division commander, said.
The CPP-NPA terrorist organization has proven again that they are the true human rights violators in Negros, Dolina said.
Dolina also slammed human rights group Karapatan for keeping mum on CPP-NPA brutality and challenged the self-proclaimed human rights advocates to conduct impartial investigations and give the families of their victim justice.*
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