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Militiaman slain despite CPP’s truce announcement

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COTABATO CITY, Philippines – A militiaman was shot dead by communist rebels in Magpet, North Cotabato on Thursday , the day the Communist Party of the Philippines announced it was restoring the truce it had earlier recalled until January 15, the police said Friday.

Senior Insp. Sunny Leoncito, Magpet police chief, said Dino Lacia, who was assigned under the 38th Infantry Battalion, was at the town’s public terminal when two men suddenly arrived and shot him around 1 p.m.

Leoncito said Lacia, a resident of Barangay Manobisa, was waiting for his two children so they could spend a belated New Year’s reunion, when shot from behind by the two men. The suspects  used .45 cal. pistols.

“Lacia’s children traveled all the way from Arakan, about two hours away from Magpet, to be with their father for a belated New Year’s party when he was shot dead,” he said.

Leoncito said the militiaman died from multiple gunshot wound in the head, back and chest.

“Lacia also served as a police informant on peace and security in Magpet aside from being a militiaman,” Leoncito said.

He said this was the probable reason why the militiaman was targeted for execution by the New People’s Army rebels.

In Barangay Tambobong in Davao City, the 84th Infantry Battalion said NPA rebels have been violating the CPP’s declared ceasefire, which took effect Dec. 20, by restraining the movement of residents since Dec. 23.

2Lt. Catherine Hapin, 84th IB civil-military operations officer, said at least 11 residents, including militiamen, had been taken hostage by NPA rebels under a certain Ka Bobby and remained under their custody to this day.

“Some witnesses said a victim was tortured,” Hapin said in a statement.

Hapin said the hostage-taking incident has prompted some civilians to flee to nearby villages.

“Several residents opted not to go home for the celebration of New Year with their families upon knowing the presence of the rebel group,” she said.

Hapin said the incident had proven that the NPA does not seriously take the pronouncement of its leaders.

“They do not abide by their self-proclaimed ceasefire, they do not stand by the truce that they have with the government,” Hapin said.

The NPA, which was quick to defend itself from past military criticisms, has not sent out any statement on that particular military report as of Friday.

But the CPP reported various incidents of military and police violations of the government-declared ceasefire, which it viewed as “fake.”

“The AFP’s ceasefire is practically a fake. The GPH peace panel members are lying through their teeth in claiming that there are no violations by the military of the GPH SOMO/SOPO,” the CPP said in a statement released to the media on Friday.

The CPP said the military continues to conduct offensives in the countryside amid the government-declared truce.

It reported that soldiers from the 57th Infantry Battalion and the 40th Infantry Battalion have been scouring the villages of Old Bulatukan, New Israel and Biangan, all in Makilala, North Cotabato “and put up two batteries of 105 howitzer canons against NPA Guerrilla Fronts 51 and 72 since December last year.”

The AFP also deployed soldiers in each barangay of Paquibato District in Davao City, the CPP said.

The CPP also added that soldiers from the Army’s 69th IB and 84th IB had been intimidating residents of Calinan, also Davao City, by forcing them to pinpoint the location of the local NPA unit.

“Last December 21, members of the 74th IB arrested five farmers in Mulanay, Quezon and accused them of being communist guerrillas, the CPP said.

It also said that on December 25, local police forces and members of the Army’s 302nd Infantry Brigade in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental arrested Oligario Sebas on suspicion he was Filemon Mendrez, a ranking communist leader; while police authorities in Bagumbayan in Tuguegarao City arrested a certain Rene Esmondo Abiva on Dec. 28 over a similar suspicion.

“There has been practically no ceasefire on the part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) over the past two weeks despite the order of the Aquino government for a suspension of offensive military and police operations from December 16 to January 2,” the CPP said.


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  • Hendot2012

    Mga traydor talaga ang mga tulisang NPA

  • $53950194

    This is it.  This is how the NPA operates.  The Filipinos are tired and sick of you.  You are killing helpless civilians when they are  not your real enemies.  Dapat nyo linisin ang lahat ng salot ng bayan at pati kayo mag disperse

  • MULEN

    Walang sinasanto ang mga NPA kung sagabal sa kanilang extortion activities, mapasibilyan man o opisyales ng barangay. Pero okay sa kanila kung nagbibigay ng kotong lalo na iyong mga illegal loggers. Wala silang pakialam kung nilapastangan mo ang kalikasan basta magbigay ka lang ng kotong at komisyon sa mga napuputol na puno sa kagubatan. Pera pera lang kasi ang habol ng mga tamad na ito. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    CPP traydor, traitor!
    Magtago na lang kayo habambuhay!
    Miserable kayo takbo ng takbo, lipat ng lipat.
    In short, DAGA!

  • Ismael Adriatico

    Syempre wala tayong maririnig sa mga komunista tungkol dyan kagaya ng mga Makabayan partylist bloc representatives gaya nina Teddy Casino, Neri Colmenares, Luz Ilagan, Mong Palatino, Tonichi Tinio, etc? 

  • OFW Reader

    Filipino people, it is our choice to end this brutality. It’s up to us. If we don’t want them around anymore, just inform the government about their whereabouts and the government will hunt them like rats. Stop harboring them and stop listening to their stupid excuses. If you see them around, just text or call the authorities. Let us free our communities of these pests.



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