NPA denies killing unarmed Cafgu member
DAVAO CITY — A New People’s Army (NPA) spokesperson on Wednesday said it was the military-backed Magahat militia, not communist rebels, who killed and beheaded a government militiaman in Surigao del Sur last month, a case which President Rodrigo Duterte blamed on NPA.
Ariel Montero, spokesperson for the NPA’s Northeastern Mindanao Command, said the paramilitary group Magahat, led by an Emerson Cuarteron, killed Mar Acebedo Bocales, a member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu).
Mr. Duterte expressed rage at the killing of Bocales, saying the militiaman had also been beheaded, using the case as an example of what he said was the ruthlessness of communist rebels. —Frinston Lim
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