NPA claims responsibility for Negros ambush

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BACOLOD CITY, Philippines—The New People’s Army has owned up to the killing of nine people and the wounding of nine others in an ambush in La Castellana town in Negros Occidental over the weekend.

JV Regalado of the Leonardo Panaligan Command  apologized to the families of two civilians who were killed and of the 14-year-old boy who was wounded in the ambush in Barangay Puso, La Castillana, about 82 km south of here.

In a tape recorded message sent to the media in Negros Occidental on Friday, Regalado said they did not plan to kill any of the over 20 passengers on the Isuzo Fuzo Canter who were heading home at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday after attending a fiesta in Barangay Puso.

He said they intended only to disarm the policemen, Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) members.

Regalado said they fired warning shots to stop the vehicle. But shots were fired from the truck, he added, and the guerrillas decided to retaliate and fire back.

Killed were three civilians — truck driver Enrique Dingcong, Virginia Ordoñez and Lito Lucban— PO1 Richard Canja; barangay tanods Mario Ricablanca and Teotimo Esplegera; BPAT  members Ulysses Tamayor, Jonathan Mateo and Ramir Complesa.

Regalado said they were able to take seven firearms from the policemen and their companions.

In the recorded message, Regalado identified only Ordoñez and Dingcong when they apologized to the families of civilians killed in the ambush.

He promised to get in touch them to provide assistance to the victims since under  international humanitarian laws, civilian victims have to be compensated.

He promised that the NPA would impose disciplinary action on those who participated in the ambush, including the head of the group. But at the same time, the NPA also blamed the government for arming BPAT and tanod members and for using a civilian vehicle, he added.

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office planned to file charges of  multiple murder and attempted murder against the NPA members who participated in the ambush.

Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, caretaker of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said they already had the names of four NPA members and three or four local fighters who served as guides.

In the meantime, local officials and residents, including the victims’ families, condemned the ambush and demanded justice to the victims.

Complesa’s widow, Arlene, asked President Aquino to provide financial assistance to the families of the victims since most of them were breadwinners.

Her plea for help was echoed by Erlinda, Lito Lucban’s mother, one of the civilians killed in the ambush.

“Without my son, who will be the breadwinner of the family? Who will feed us now?” she asked.

She said her son, a farm worker and a tricycle driver, financed the education of his five nieces and nephews.

Cecilia, wife of the truck driver Ricky Dingcong, said she didn’t know how to support her two children aged 7 and 11 now that her husband was dead.

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  • Borogol

    Philippines should demonstrate the power of military to the world. This can be evident by annihilating all NPA and Abu Sayyaf.

    If this can be successful, barbaric invaders like China will think before picking a fight with Philippines.
    If military can’t take care of it, pa outsource nyo. hahhaha. saka ano ginagawa nung submarine na naka dock ngayon dito. It was even successful to invade Iraq. 

    ..then after that,saka lang magkakarun ng tuwid na daan..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    the NPA can never win nor can attain their strategic stalemate with the armed forces… the MNLF realized that just recently…

    an kawawa the civilians killed by both sides of the conflict….

  • MULEN

    O nasaan na kayong nagsasabing hindi daw mga NPA ang gumawa ng walang habas na pamamaslang, magsilabasan na kayo sa mga lungga ninyo. O ano ngayon Kalikasanipagtanggol atbp, masarap bang kumain ng uwak? Hoy magsigising na kayo mga hunghang. Mga halang na kaluluwang bandido, pinagtanggol nyo. Pwe!!!

  • dickenhead

    now the army & the police should launch a massive offensive against these bandits, no prisoners!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    luma ng tugtugin yan sinasabi na paparusahan nila yung mga kasama sa pag ambush order nga get the weapon kung tumutol tirahin sinisi pa yung mga nasa truck kayo ba ang madaling araw na at gustong maka uwi pag may nakita ba kayong sasakyan napapunta sa lugar at puwide kayong makisakay di ba sasabay na kayo..kuh tumigil na kayo sa mali ninyong katuwiran 

    • MULEN

      At ang sabi pa ni JV Regalado kuno ng Leonardo Panaligan Command, bibigyan daw ng financial assistance yung pamilya ng mga biktima. Ang tanong, saan ba galing ang pera ng mga NPA? Di ba sa kotong na galing sa pangingikil ng mga bandido sa mga pobreng magsasaka? Ang kalalabasan nito, ang mga mahihirap ay isinalang sa sariling mantika ng mga tamad, walang silbi, palpak at pvtang mga NPA na iyan.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    mga kaka
    huwag na kapwa pilipino

    malapit naman tubbataha
    doon na laang

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ZZ7ZLQVNQNEYAYRS25ORJXGLA JMe

    I’ve seen in the other page that BAYAN MUNA, Mr. Renato Reyes Jr., is criticizing the presence of the US Nuclear Submarine at Subic…. Where is he now for this Human Rights Violation made and admitted by the CPP – NPA?…  
     
    And wow,.. “the NPA also blamed the government for arming BPAT and tanod members and for using a civilian vehicle”.. Blaming the Government for using “Civilian Vehicle”…

    • Luka Munyita

      Ay si Renato BABALU Reyes ba kamo? Wag na tayong umasa sa hinayupak na yan! Mukha pa lang – NPA na! Paano nya tutuligsain ang NPA eh kapwa nya terrorista ang mga yan? Front kasi ng CPP-NPA ang BAYAD MUNA, Gabriela pokpok, Anakpawis na mabantot at iba pa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681832984 Danilo Obado

    Hayyy.. human rights human rights.. nasaan na kayo… pag military at police ang naka gawa pukpuk hanggang impyrno ang batikos nyo.. pang NPA silence please…

  • Luka Munyita

    O? Bakit ngayon lang sumagot ang mga terroristang NPA na yan? Kung sa bagay matagal talagang makaisip ng PALUSOT lalo na pa nagtatago sa bundok hahahaha! Nakakalungkot man yung pagmasaker ng terroristang CCP-NPA sa mga inosenteng sibilyan, makakatulong di yan dahil lalong dadami ang magagalit sa mga bandidong yan at mapipilitan ang mga tao na magreport sa pulisya at militar pag may nakita silang mga bandidong NPA na gumagala.

  • garcia677

    Chief of Staff Gen Bautista, the NPA had mad a fun out of your statements prior to your oath and they consequence of your foul mouth are lives of innocent people snuffed out during the rebels ambuscades. How one wishes that it was you not these hapless and innocent civilians. It was your demeaning statement flung to these rebels that angered them to initiate these series of raids and these civilians were just the collateral damages. 

    If you are a coward Bautista then never, never never utter any demeaning words against these communist rebels because the civilian populace suffers while you as the person who cast the first stone is still alive. Coward Bautista. . .  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OLNDUNNT7C6H6L64QI4YHJ2YU4 allan y

      you are barking at the wrong tree. you should be condemong the npa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7BSGLNMXI4WNAILC2UP2EEFYIA alvin

    The
    problem in this insurgency is that in conventional war, 1) when you see  an armed enemy you can  shoot and annihilate all of  them and you will be a hero with medals. Here,
    if u see the NPA you try to arrest him. Do not shoot him unless he shoots you
    first otherwise you are guilty of murder. If u managed to kill the shooter but
    his gun was recovered by his comrade the soldier is guilty of killing an
    unarmed civilian and will be charged by Commission on Human rights and in
    a  court of law..2) In a conventional
    war, if an enemy was captured in a firefight , he will put in a concentration
    camp indefinitely as a prisoner of war just like in World war 2. Here, if you
    captured an NPA  in a firefight, you have
    to read him his Miranda rights  and
    charged him in the next 24 hours otherwise all legal front organizations will
    be picketing your camp calling the troops fascist pigs and murderers. If no
    soldier was killed in the fight, the NPA will be out on bail after a day and he
    will be back in the field fighting the soldiers after a few hours. 

  • Luka Munyita

    Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Renato Reyes of Bayan!

    • Louise

      Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Political Prisoners kuno!

  • Luka Munyita

    Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna!

    • Louise

      Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Melissa Roxas

  • Luka Munyita

    Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela!

    • Louise

      Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Ericson Acosta

  • Luka Munyita

    Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Satur Ocampo!

    • Louise

      Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Leila de Lima

  • Luka Munyita

    Mabuhaya ang CPP-NPA – Marc Lino Abila of College Editors Guild of the Philippines!

    • Louise

      Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Maricon Montajes

  • Louise

    Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA! – Cristina Palabay, KARAPATAN Secretary General 

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