Thursday, November 8, 2012

Army probes link of brgy. workers to NPA

From the Visayan Daily Star (Nov 8): Army probes link of brgy. workers to NPA

The Philippine Army is investigating the alleged linkages of some barangay officials and local government health workers in Brgy. Malasibog, Escalante City, Negros Occidental, to the communist rebel movement, after the recovery of video footages, showing them participating in a program with armed New People’s Army men. Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that while he fully appreciates the support of the local government of Escalante in the peace and development campaign of the 62nd Infantry and 3rd Civil Military Operations Battalions, he was concerned over the reports about some barangay kagawads and health workers seen in the company of armed rebels, as shown in video footages, that were among the items found in encounter sites in northern Negros. In July last year, a member of the NPA identified as Edgar Sagure Lopez, who turned out to be a purok president, died in an encounter with troopers of the 6th Regional Public Safety Battalion in Brgy. Paitan, Escalante City, military records show.... Meanwhile, he commended the 3rd CMOB headed by Major Antonio Tumnog for a job well done in the eight hinterland barangays of Escalante, referring to their Bayanihan team activities, in coordination with the 62nd Infantry Battalion. After six months of deployment in Escalante, Lactao said they were able to bring to the attention of the Department of Agrarian Reform the problems confronted by the farmers and landowners....

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