Members of the New People's Army SPARU (Special Partisan Unit) shot and killed a civilian mistaken for a government informant Wednesday in Brgy.Libertad, Escalante City, Negros Occidental, the police said yesterday.
The victim identified as Antonio Emperado, 37, was working at a sugarcane field in Sitio Dita, Brgy. Libertad, Escalante City, when he was approached by eight armed men, and a gunman shot him at close range, Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Escalante City police officer-in-charge, said yesterday.
Mansueto said Emperado, who was frequently seen at the detachment of the Regional Public Safety Battalion of the PNP in the barangay, had been mistaken to be an informant.
Emperado was also reportedly blamed for the apprehension of a certain Dacal-Dacal, a member of the NPA, now facing murder charges in court, he added.
Based on the accounts of witnesses, Mansueto said they were able to establish the identities of the three suspects.
Investigations of the Escalante police also showed that the SPARU hitmen were also backed up a by group of armed men, carrying high-powered firearms.
Murder charges are now being readied by the Escalante police against the suspects in the death of Emperado.*GPB
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