A barangay chairman and his wife were killed in an ambush staged by suspected members of the New People’s Army Special Partisan Unit Monday in Sitio Tuba, Brgy. Tinayunan Hill, Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental.
The victims, identified as George Sadagnot, barangay chairman of Tinayunan Hill, and his wife, Glen, were on their way home on board a motorcycle, when they were ambushed by suspected NPA rebels.
Lt. Col. Paulito Idul, 11th Infantry Battalion commander, said Sadagnot succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, while his wife, was declared dead on arrival at a hospital in Dumaguete City.
Ten empty shells of an M16 rifle and two spent shells of 9mm pistol were recovered at the scene of incident.
Idul, who condemned the killings, described the ambush as a desperate move to terrorize the peace-loving people of Guihulngan.
In previous years, the NPA also killed barangay captains Sebastian Tanoy, of Imelda in Guihulngan City, and Ledio Baylon, of Aya in La Libertad, all in Negros Oriental, military records show.
In killing the two civilians, Idul said the NPA also violated the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, to which the NPA, the Communist Party of the Philippines, and the National Democratic Front are signatories.
Pursuit operations against the perpetrators are still being conducted by the 11th Infantry Battalion, in coordination with the Philippine National Police.*GPB
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