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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, October 5, 2019
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Ex-RPA leader killed
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

Two weeks after the decommissioning of the defunct Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade combatants, one of its leaders was killed yesterday by motorcycle-riding suspects at the highway of Hacienda Berhin 2 in Brgy. Efigenio Lizares, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

The victim identified as Jicky Casipe, alias Maitan, a leader of the RPA-ABB, now known as KAPATIRAN, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, and died on the spot, Maj. Jigger Gimeno, officer-in-charge of the Talisay City Police Station, said.

Police investigation showed that Casipe, former RPA-ABB commander in the areas of Talisay-Silay-Murcia, was on his way to the Talisay City proper, on board his motorcycle, when he was shot several times from behind by suspects, who were tailing him.

The four suspects, who were riding on a black Bajaj and red sports motorcycles, fled towards the north direction, after killing Casipe, the Talisay police said.

Recovered from the scene of incident were three fired cartridges of a .45 caliber pistol and the motorcycle of the victim.

Casipe, who got deaths threats from the New People’s Army five months ago, according to his brother, had been a member of the defunct RPA-ABB Tabara Paduano Group for 10 years.

Gimeno said that they are still trying to establish the identities or affiliation to any group of the gunmen.

Following the decommissioning of former RPA-ABB combatants, including Casipe, on Sept. 20 by President Rodrigo Duterte in Jamindan, Capiz, the former rebels also surrendered more than 300 of their firearms, making them vulnerable targets to their former comrades.*

 

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