Saturday, July 5, 2014

NPA owns up to slay of Bukdinon mayor

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 5): NPA owns up to slay of Bukdinon mayor

A sniper bullet fired by a New People’s Army (NPA) team of the South-Central Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command killed Mayor Mario T. Okinlay of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, the NPA statement released on Saturday said.

Allan Juanito, who signed the statement as NPA spokesperson of the North Central Mindanao Region, said Okinlay was killed for allegedly leading a sustained anti-insurgency campaign in Impasug-ong since 2006.

He said the NPA has received complaint on Okinlay’s alleged sins committed against the people of Impasug-ong and the revolutionary movement in Bukidnon since 2006 by limiting families of poor farmers to buy only five-kilo rice per family.

Okinlay also supposedly imposed a dictatorial administration by limiting the movement of farmers in some areas of Impasug-ong, such as allowing the farmers to till their farm only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the NPA statement said.

Juanito said communist rebels have warned Okinlay of his anti-people activities in the guise of peace and development activities until 2013 to no avail.

Okinlay was leading a convoy of 20 motorcycles, 50 army soldiers of the 8th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. Landingan Okinlay, six police officers and employees of the municipal town of Impasug-ong when felled by a sniper’s bullet in the morning of July 2, the NPA statement said.

The allies condemned the killing of Okinlay. However, the farmers who were victims of the town mayor’s excesses feel otherwise, Juanito said.

According to Juanito, the NPA carried out the killing of Okinlay to serve notice to local officials in the region of the grim consequences of their counter revolutionary activities in cahoots with the military.

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