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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Ambushed RPA leader stable’

A ranking leader of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade, who survived an ambush perpetrated by alleged New People’s Army rebels, although injured, is now in stable condition, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, Negros Occidental police director, yesterday said.

Geovannie Banista, alias Ka Amor, who was driving a motorcycle, was ambushed by four suspected NPA rebels on Friday in Sitio Ilan, Brgy. Locotan, Kabankalan City.

Lirazan said Banista, who is the district commander of the RPA-ABB in southern Negros, sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He, however, miraculously survived the attempt on his life, he added.

Empty shells of an M-16 armalite rifle, AK 47 assault rifle and ,45 caliber pistol were recovered at the scene of the incident by the police.

Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday condemned the latest attack against a leader of the RPA-ABB, who is now a civilian, and described it a “desperation attempt” of the NPA.

“They (NPA) think that killing people will make them win the war,” Aying said.

Military records show that Aying was instrumental in bringing Banista and Ka Malvar, who was killed by the NPA in previous years, to the peace table in southern Negros, while he was still the commander of the 61st Infantry Battalion.

Aying said Banista has been marked for liquidation by the NPA for 15 years now.

He added that the attempt to kill Banista will have an effect on the ongoing closure peace agreement between the RPA-ABB and the government.*GPB

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