Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Two of three suspects charged for death of Impasug-ong mayor are former rebels

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 8): Two of three suspects charged for death of Impasug-ong mayor are former rebels

A ranking police official on Tuesday announced that two of the three suspects charged in the killing of Impasug-ong Mayor Mario Okinlay last week are former New People's Army (NPA) fighters.

Senior Supt. Pedro Austria, 10th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (RCIDU-10) chief, identified those charged as Joven Yanggo and Efren Yanggo.

Both men are members of the NPA's Front Committee 88 who already surrendered in January 2012.

Austria said they have photographs and files on the two as residents of Impasug-ong and were given financial aid by the government when they surrendered more than two years ago.

Under the program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, rebels who surrender are given P50,000 livelihood assistance, P15,000 "immediate assistance," and as high as P50,000 pesos for every firearm surrendered.

Austria said they are still determining if the Yanggos have already returned to the NPA, even after the rebel group claimed responsibility for killing Okinlay.

A certain Ryan Daluniag was charged along with the Yanggos for killing Okinlay, but there is no evidence yet linking him to the NPA, Austria said.

The case was filed before the Bukidnon Provincial Prosecutors Office in Malaybalay City on Friday, after witnesses identified the three as those who allegedly carried out the ambush last July 2.


1 comment:

  1. See the New People's Army (NPA) North Central Mindanao Regional Operations Command (Julito Tiro Command) propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website: "On Mayor Mario Okinlay’s death" at the following URL (http://www.philippinerevolution.net/statements/20140703_on-mayor-mario-okinlay-s-death)

    According to the NPA statement "Bullets from a sniper team of the New People’s Army under the South-Central Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command ended the life of the rabid counterrevolutionary mayor Mario Okinlay of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon at 8:00 AM of July 2, 2014."


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