The Philippine Army in Negros Oriental has accused the rebel New People’s Army (NPA) of killing a farmer in Siapo,
The victim, a certain Cirilo Sienes, 40 years old, a farmer from Sitio Guinlungsuran of Siapo, was allegedly murdered by members of the NPA at around 4 p.m. of Saturday, according to 1Lt. Lito Orbita, civil-military operations officer of the 79th Infantry Battalion.
Orbita, in a news release, disclosed that Sienes was tilling a small parcel of land when he was shot in the forehead by suspected NPA members. Sienes died on the spot.
Two spent shells of caliber .45 and a computerized letter allegedly from the NPA’s “Rachelle Mae Palang Command South East Negros” were found in the crime scene, Lt. Orbita said in his news releas.
According to Orbita, the letter disclosed that the NPA’s “Kangaroo Court” decided to execute Sienes for his non cooperation and support for the NPA’s ideology and struggle.
The killing of Cirilo Sienes could likely be considered as part of NPA’s post anniversary offensive effort, targeting peace-loving civilian who refuses to embrace their futile ideology, Orbita added.
Since January this year, two (2) blatant killings were perpetrated by members of the NPA under the South Eastern Front Komiteng Rehiyon Sentral Bisayas (SEF-KRSB) operating in Southern Negros Oriental, the 79th IB spokesperson disclosed.
Orbita also quoted Lt. Col. Marion Sison, commanding officer of the 79th IB as describing the NPA’s “heinous crime an act of cowardice, targeting defenseless, peace-loving civilians who are deliberately shunning away from armed struggle”.