Troopers from the Cagayan De Oro-based 4th Infantry Division are now pursuing the New People's Army (NPA) killers of an unarmed militiaman and two family members at Kilometer 8, Sitio Kauswagan, Barangay San Mateo, Butuan City last July 2.
In a statement forwarded to the AFP headquaters Friday by Major Christian Uy, 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, the incident took place around 6: 30 p.m.
He identified the victims as CAA (CAFGU Active Auxiliary) Eddie A. Toda, assigned at the 6th Agusan Del Norte CAA Company stationed at the Dulag Patrol Base, his wife Susan M. Toda and nephew Giovanni M. Balbosina, 25.
Uy said that the three were aboard a motorcycle when 10 rebels, armed with AK-47 automatic rifles, fired on them for no apparent reasons.
All of the victims sustained fatal gunshot wounds and died while undergoing treatment at the
Lt. Col. Adonis Ariel G Orio, 29th Infantry Battalion commander, said “The attack on CAA Toda was an act of cowardice on the part of the NPAs. He was in civilian attire and was clearly unarmed when he was ambushed. What will happen to his family now that their father is already dead? And so I urge the peace loving people of
"Let us give peace a chance,” he stressed.