Friday, November 2, 2012

Ex-ranking NPA commander killed by suspected rebels on All Saints’ Day

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 2): Ex-ranking NPA commander killed by suspected rebels on All Saints’ Day

The victim, identified as Elmo Taburada, a resident of the sub-village of Avocado in Talalac, a hinterland barangay in Sta. Catalina town, succumbed to three gunshot wounds and died instantly, according to Col. Marion Sison, commander of the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Siaton, Negros Oriental. Taburada was the former vice commander of the Sentro de Gravidad Platoon of the NPA’s Komiteng Rehiyon Sentral Bisayas-Southeastern Front operating in southern Negros Oriental, said Col. Sison. Taburada had voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine Army during the first quarter of this year, bringing with him an M-16 Armalite rifle and since then had led a normal life after being reunited with his family in Avocado, Sison added.... A note left behind by the perpetrators at the crime scene indicated that the NPA had killed Taburada for at least three reasons, said Col. Sison. The note said Taburada was accused of helping the Philippine Army in its anti-insurgency campaign, turning over a firearm to authorities during his surrender, and encouraging other members of the rebel movement to surrender, Sison added.... The Army commander said that immediately after Taburada is buried within the next 24 hours, the 79th IB will lead an indignation rally in Avocado and dialogue with residents there to continue supporting the government’s campaign to crush the insurgency.

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