NPA hitmen kill ex-rebels and their unborn child

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VIRAC, Catanduanes, Philippines—A guerilla couple who decided to come down from the hills to start a new life in San Miguel town had their dreams shattered on Good Friday when they, along with their unborn child, were gunned down by armed men believed to be their former comrades, police said Saturday.

Jerome Viola Bernal, 28, a native of Solong, died instantly after being shot by unidentified men believed to be New People’s Army hitmen at 11 a.m. in his residence at the riverside village of Siay.

His assailants did not spare his live-in partner, Mylene Tenerife Tindugan, 23, who was seven months pregnant and was shot in the abdomen.

Doctors at the Eastern Bicol Medical Center where she was rushed by policemen said the fetus in her womb also died.

The suspects fled to a mountainous area of the barangay after the shooting.

According to a police field report sent on Saturday to Catanduanes police provincial director Senior Superintendent Eduardo Chavez, Bernal and Tindugan were having lunch when five unidentified armed men arrived. Two of them entered the house and poked a gun at Bernal, who pleaded for his life.

“Leave me alone because I already have a peaceful life. Don’t you see my wife is pregnant?” Bernal was quoted as telling intruders, who then shot him several times in the head and body until he fell dead. The men then fired a gun at Mylene, hitting her on the left part of the abdomen.

Chavez said the initial reports gathered by the San Miguel police showed that the couple were communist guerrillas operating on the island when they fell in love and decided to surrender.

Bernal reportedly became a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu), the military’s auxiliary arm, and then went home to Siay to attend to his pregnant wife.

However, Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Fortez, the commander of the Philippine Army’s 83rd Infantry Battalion based in the province, on Saturday denied that Bernal was a Cafgu member.

He said the victim was a rebel returnee along with his wife. Describing Bernal’s death as an extra-judicial killing, he also criticized the New People’s Army for shooting Tindugan, saying that the woman and her unborn child should have been spared for humanitarian reasons.

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  • grapesofwrath

    Terrorists!

  • Manuel_II

    Commission (Communist) on Human Rights (CHR), we are waiting for your condemnation of this CPP/NPA crime against humanity.

    Edit:

    Enough is enough we must do something against these communist pigs and let start by petitioning CHR and have them condemn the CPP/NPA practice of killing former rebels who wants to start a new life.

    I advise everyone to send message of condemnation with CHR on the following contacts.

    Hon. Loretta Ann P. Rosales
    Chairperson
    928-5655, 926-6188
    Telefax: 929-0102
    chair.rosales.chr@gmail.com

    Hon. Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing
    Commissioner
    Telefax: 927-0467
    coco.chrp@gmail.com

    Hon. Ma. Victoria V. Cardona
    Commissioner
    Telefax: 925-3883

    Hon. Norberto Dela Cruz
    Commissioner
    Telefax: 926-2542

    Hon. Jose Manuel S. Mamauag
    Commissioner
    Telefax: 925-1314
    jomasuma6@yahoo.com

    Commission Secretary
    Atty. Ma. Asuncion Maravilla
    927-0172, 928-8610
    mmarianomaravilla@yahoo.com

    • http://twitter.com/tagasalog tagasalog

      if you research google you would learn that etta rosales npa killings has been at the forefront of condemning all these killings committed by the cpp npa. if you dig dipper, you will come across an ang bayan article (the official mouthpiexe of cpp npa) practically branding rosales as an enemy 9f the ‘revolution’

      • allan carandang

        pre pakicheck mo wordings mo. Dipper??

      • http://twitter.com/tagasalog tagasalog

        sorry mahirap magtype sa cellphone

  • $5699914

    O, baka naman sasabihin ng mga militante diyan, kagagawan ito gn mga militar!

    • Observer_din

      saan na kaya si Casino sa isyung ito? malamang tahimik lang yan. hehehe

  • patriotic_act

    again.. these leeches are a bane of our society, they dont even want their “enlightened” comrades to have good and progressive life..

    selfish pigs indeed.

  • ulag ko

    tama yan. dapat my investigation. pra malaman sino talaga my kasalanan at maparusahan. Di kay magpadala sa maling akala. Kung ganun paano kung di talaga totoo n NPA yon. Happy ang tunay na may kagagawan? Hero pa dating nila? Sa pagkakaalam ko, dami mga bodyguards din ng mga politiko nong tym n yon, opportunity kasi para sa kampanya sa election. Iba ang mga politiko dito sa amin, iba kung mag arrange ng security nila. my advance party at clearing operation p ang mga yan. Di mo ma imagine, kung gaano ka dami ang military, police at private army na na deploy nong tym n yon sa area days before pa ang activity. Full Alert kaya ang CARAGA pagpasok ng semana santa.

  • wawa2172

    Now Burgos was salavage by the military daw, how about the news of comrade killing ex-comrade, wife and unborn child. Wanting to have a new life , the NPA will not allow it, unlike when a soldier leaves the rank and be a civilian again. So sino ang gustong maging NPA, not me because they are savage people who do not respect human life. Commission on Human Right will have nothing to say about this dahil hindi militar ang nakagawa ang kawalanghiyaan.

  • MULEN

    If Karapatan won’t issue a press release condemning the despicable crime, alam na ninyo kung sino ang may kagagawan. Ganoon lang kasimple.

  • tarikan

    Kela kaka pag-umalis ka sa partido pinapatay pati pamilya. Sila trapo kandidato maraming nililipatang partido lalong yumayaman pa. Once a commie you die a commie, yan yata ang ibig ipa-abot nila Joma et (kup)al.

  • allan carandang

    Mga animal kayo NPA.

  • otire

    Hayop na mga NPA to.. masama magsalita nang ganito, pero walang ibang masasabi ako.

  • wicked

    sa mga ganid na pulitiko wala kayo magawa… sa mga kawawang mamayan, lalo nyo pa kinakawawa.. ganyan ba talaga ang komunismo?

  • otire

    kung pinatay man si Burgos nang militar eh! totoo namang NPA yun. yung sanggol sa sinapopunan. maliwanang na inusinte yun.

  • Observer_din

    mga walang kuwenta talaga NPA, kung di nangongotong pinapatay naman ang mga mamamayang gusto ng tahimik na buhay.

  • Carlos_Iho

    CCP/NPA should close their chapter in Phil. history. You’re no longer relevant, except as terrorists and extortionist.

    Di nyo ba nakikita, ayaw na sa inyo ng mga tao. Declare your rebellion over.

  • Carlos_Iho

    Lumalabas ang totoong kulay ng CHR. Nagtatago pa kunyari sa likod ng human rights. Pag may nahuli o napatay na kumunista, saka sila umaangal. Puro kasinungalingan na lang ang sinasabi ng mga kumunista na sinusuportahan ng front nila sa CHR.

    Ano na ang nangyari sa pagpatay ng NPA ng mga sibilyan sa Negros, pati na ang pag ambush sa mga barangay tanod na may kasama pang mga bata?

  • joaquin5254

    Walanghiya talaga yang mga komunista na yan. Mga mandarambong, magnanakaw, mamatay tao. Eh mga corrupt din yang mga iyan, tingnan na lang ang lider nilang si JOMA, ayun nagpapasarap sa Netherlands, nagpapalaki ng B…g. Kung talagang komunista siya eh bakit hindi sila tumigil sa Cuba, kung saan tunay na komunismo ang umiiral. Eh hindi, doon sa Europa sila tumigil para magpasarap. Mga gunggong na komunista, pusakal na mamatay tao, mandarambong.

  • Guest

    how can we encourage the rebels to surrender even if they wanted to if the government can’t even protect them?

  • zandro santos

    Paano natin makukombinsi ang iilang natitirang NPA na magbalik-loob sa gobyerno kung hindi sila kayang protektahan ng gobyerno?

  • oaba09

    These guys obviously don’t want peace.
    I support peace talks with rebels who actually want to talk like the MILF
    These NPA guerilas are animals. They don’t deserve a ceasefire. They deserve an all out offensive from our military.

  • D3marketers

    Senatorial candidate Teddy Casino should condemn this

    • zandro santos

      he won’t. katropa nya ang mga NPA eh. Bayan Mun is a front of the NPA.

  • Jack Bw

    Their ideology is dead. Their people want to leave. The only thing keeping them is the threat of being murdered. But it’s a risk that some are willing to take, because it’s not worth wasting your life over this dead ideology.

  • YoungGen

    “Leave me alone because I already have a peaceful life. Don’t you see my
    wife is pregnant?” Bernal was quoted as telling intruders, who then
    shot him several times in the head and body until he fell dead. The men
    then fired a gun at Mylene, hitting her on the left part of the abdomen.

    Was there a witness or a survivor?

    • zandro santos

      Yes, there were two witnesses outside the house who heard the conversation. :-( Wala talagang konsensya yang mga terroristang NPA. Kung hindi mangongotong, pumapatay ng mga taong gusto mabuhay ng tahimik.

  • brando alejandro

    Terrorists like them deserve no mercy. They really are so bad that even the unborn are killed by them.

  • m1600

    PUT $#%$%^ NA MGA npa KAYO sa mga biktima ng mga NPA GANTIHAN NYO ANG MGA MYEMBRO NG bayan muna,

  • yonoh

    sana hipuin kayo ni lord…………..

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