The Philippine Army has tightened its security on New People’s Army “soft targets” in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, following the deaths of four civilians within a week.
Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday raised the possibility that the recent series of killings in Guihulngan City, with four victims, including two barangay tanods, an ex-Army soldier and a civilian, may have been an attempt to divert their attention.
On Wednesday, five suspected NPA members shot and killed Andy Castor in Brgy. Magsaysay, Guihulngan City.
Castor was declared dead on arrival from multiple gunshot wounds at the Guihulngan City District Hospital.
Arevalo disclosed that they have been intensifying their operations in the hinterlands, and the rebel perpetrated killings in the lowlands may have been a diversionary effort.
The 94th Infantry Battalion was ordered by Arevalo to look into their networking in the lowlands, to prevent more atrocities initiated by the New People’s Army.
Arevalo urged those who received threats from the NPA to be extra conscious of their security.
Last week, a farmer accused of being a military informant was also shot dead by 12 suspected NPA rebels in Brgy. Canlamay, Ilog, Negros Occidental.*
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