NPA rebels own up to Negros ambush



BACOLOD CITY—The New People’s Army (NPA) has owned up to the ambush in La Castellana town, Negros Occidental over the weekend that left nine persons dead and nine others wounded.

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

In a tape recorded message sent to the media in Negros Occidental on Friday, Regalado said they didn’t plan to stage an attack and kill any of the over 20 passengers onboard the Isuzo Fuzo Canter, who were heading home at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday after attending a fiesta in Puso.

He said they only planned to disarm the policemen, Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) members and village watchmen.

Regalado said they fired a warning shot to stop the vehicle. But shots were fired from the truck, he added. The rebel troops decided to fire back.

Killed were three civilians—truck driver Enrique Dingcong, Virginia Ordoñez and Lito Lucban—PO1 Richard Canja, village watchmen 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 mentioned only Ordoñez and Dingcong when they apologized to the families of the two civilians killed in the ambush.

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

He also said that the NPA would impose disciplinary action against 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 village watchmen and for using a civilian vehicle, he added.

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

Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, caretaker of the NOPPC, said they had the names of the four NPA members, including three or four local fighters who served as guides.

Local officials and residents, including the victims’ families, condemned the ambush and demanded justice for 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, 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 tricycle driver, financed the education of his five nieces and nephews.

Cecilia, wife of truck driver 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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  • Lorelei

    Hoy Teddy casino, Satur Ocampo, Renato Reyes, anong masasabi nyo!

    • William

      hintayin nga natin reaksyon nila!!!!

  • Edgardo Mendoza


    • dino


    • Melissa

      kya unti unti nyong pinapasok ang gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng inyong legal front o partylist mga palakad nyo sa NPA pare pareho kayo ng budhi,……….

    • Louise

      Ang kapal ng mukha ni Teddy Casino na tumakbong Senador huh!!!, Sabagay, marami na din siyang pondo para sa eleksiyon at exempted siya magbayad ng PERMIT TO CAMPAIGN . Kumita na sila ng malaki sa ginagawa nilang extortion. 

  • tony

    NPA inutil – ni isa sa mga marcos di nila kayang itumba – ang kaya lang nilang parusahan yung mga mahihirap – eh di ba sabi ng npa sila ang tagapag-taguyod ng mga mahihirap! susmaryosep!

    • scconcern

      Dilang ang marcos, lahat ng makatiwalian opisyal…okey na sana yung panahon ni pandak, tinitimbok yung opisyal na corrupt, kaya lang naduwag sila ng takutin sila ni Palparan….kailagan nila tulad ni castro o stalin.
      Dapat basahin nila yung biography ni Fidel Castro at “The Young Stalin”. Kaya lang kailagan didikitted ang buhay nila sa bayan, walang pamilya kundi para sa lahat. Walang awa sa nakasarili.

  • Jon Paul

    Bihirang gamitin sa conversation ang “own up”. Ibig sabihin pala “tinanggap” or inadmit. Hindi na lang gamitin ang simpleng inglis.  Grrrrrrrrr!

  • Jon Paul

    Ano ngayon ipapakain ng namatayan e dedbol na ang breadwinner nila? Puede ba yung itit ng mga pumatay?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    This is the result of the Feudal structure of Negros stollen land ownership.

    A group of few Gangster families is owning Negros Occidental and Oriental.

    This is drowning the populations into dire poverty and unfairness.

    Insurrections will never stop as long this is not solved on a fair way.

    One day the “rebels” will become smarter and tag the landed families, 

    same with the Durano’s mass murders war lords, the Cebu Ampatuan’s !

    • Luka Munyita

      insurection will never stop habang nanjan ang mga bandidong NPA.

  • bogli_anakdami

    npa owns up to their murdering ways???… hurray for npa…

    dito sa atimonan eh, pnp, afp special halo-halo ops, nbi, pulis kotong calabarzon eh nagtuturuan kung sino ang mga bumatak ng gatilyo… walang umamin..

    kitams… until now, no one admitted to the shooting… or atimonan murder even happen, di ba?

    yun lang…

    • Luka Munyita

      pangalan mo pa lang na mabantot, halatang NPA ka hahaha!

    • Louise

      So you’re happy that the NPA calimed the responsibility of the Negros ambush that killed innocent and hapless people??? What the hell?!?! 

  • scconcern

    Leksiyon, huwag sasabay sa military sa lugar na may labanan ang dalawang grupo, kahit na sa labanan ng politiko. Alamin kung sino ang inyong sinasamahan. Maykasabihan din: nasa maling lugar at oras ka ng mangyari ang sakuna, malas mo!!!!!!

    • nrcarcht

       NPA are fake crusaders, they pretend to be the bearer of peace but in reality they are the cause of trouble of the peaceful places. They are criminals wearing the skin of a lamb but actually they are wolves that caused havoc to the populace. Most of the places they are claiming are also the places where poverty is rampant. They pretending to be cleaned but they are not.

      • scconcern

        The ideology including religion per se, has nothing to do with the incident. It is the human ignorance, biases and greed, that create terror and death. As long as the goverment is psuedo democratic and plutocratic, there will always be the 3rd or left group. The NPA, as you memtioned, will be irrelevant if there is social justice, as said by Joma. Worst, the judicial system is eletist, control nad run by lawyers only. The people (group of professional/skilled) participation is need especially in judgement. The lawyers part will be consultant to opposing party, administrator, moderator and renderer of sentence.

  • Jaime

    go after Marantan, Dumlao, Lacson not the innocrnts.

  • Ernesto

    NPA MGA UGOK YAN.ang boss nila c SISON SA netherland sila sa bundok,kita mo lang sa ka ugokan nila

  • LabkoPinas

    The presence of numerous scalawags who have guns such as the NPA and the rogue syndicate infested police is the reason why the innocent civilians have to arm themselves for who will protect them? Its the wild west in the Philippines.

  • Luka Munyita

    This is Renato Reyes! Ok lang yan! Natutuwa ako sa ginagawa ng NPA. Nagtatawanan nga kami dito ni Teddy Casino at Satur Ocampo dito eh. Nakakatanggal talaga ng stress kung may napapatay ang mga NPA. Ipalaganap ang karahasan sa ikatatagumpay ng digmang puke este digmang bayan!

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    NPA mga mamatay tao berdugo yung amo nila si sison saya saya sa netherlands sarap ng buhay sila nasa bundok digmang bayan lagi sigaw salot!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Should not forget, 

    Divide to rule is a basic

    some NPA leaders are on Dynasties Pay-roll 

    to promote an organized mess to protect their scandalous undue Privileges who

    will be lost a once the day the Philippines joining the decent World !

  • Lucio

    tama lang na mangyari yan, sa mga hindi sumusunod at naniniwala sa samahang komunismo!!!

    • Melissa

      sabagay inaayunan nyo lahat mga masasamang gawain nang mga NPA mas masahol pa  
      sa hayop kung pumatay gaya ng ginawa nyong ambush sa ifugao dinamay nyo mga sibilyan

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