Thursday, January 22, 2015

Three massacre victims exhumed in Pampanga rice field

From InterAksyon (Jan 22): Three massacre victims exhumed in Pampanga rice field

Two brothers and their aunt were massacred and buried at a rice field located along the stretch of the Calucan Pritil Boulevard in Barangay San Antonio, Mexico, Pampanga, a belated report from the Public Information Office of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) indicated Thursday.

Chief Insp. Cherylou Donato, PRO3 spokesperson, identified the victims as Patrick Limpin, 30, and his brother Christian Paul, 25, and their aunt Pacita Villena-Limpin, 59.

Based on the personal account of Rodolfo Villena, barangay captain of Parian, Mexico, Pampanga, local officials were able to exhume his kin at around 2:30 p.m. on January 20.

He told the police his sister Pacita and two nephews were declared missing on January 16.

"I immediately got in touch with the Barangay Captain of San Antonio to seek assistance. With the help of the local barangay tanods, in the persons of Manuelito Tayag, Remedio Pangilinan, Fernando Maniago and Christopher Maniago and other officials of Barangay San Antonio, we came upon the place," Villena narrated in the police report.

He said the victims were buried in a shallow portion of the rice field near the road.

"Their hands were tied and their mouths stuffed with pieces of cloth," Villena said.

The kin of the victims had requested the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) to skip autopsy procedures, which the police granted.

Sometime in November 2014, according to the police, Christian Paul was identified by victims of an extortion case as allegedly being a member of the rebel group Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB).

That case was investigated by Senior Insp. Romeo Bulanadi, deputy chief of police of Mexico.

1 comment:

  1. The Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB--People's Revolutionary Army) is the military wing of the Marxist Leninist Party of the Philippines (MLPP), a group that broke away from the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the 1990s. These executions might be the result of long-standing hostile/competitive relations between the two parties. Tit-for-tat killings between the RHB and the New People's Army (NPA, the military wing of the CPP have taken place in Central Luzon in the past.

    Note: The MLPP was reportedly established in 1998 by Central Luzon cadre of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) after they were expelled from the Party over ideological differences. These expelled cadre came mainly from the CPP's Metro Manila Provisional Regional Party Committee, the Peasant Secretariat and the National Trade Union Bureau. The split between the MLPP and the CPP became so acrimonious that by 2000 the New People's Army (NPA), the military arm of the CPP, began to launch attacks against members of the MLPP/RHB.


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