From the Visayan Daily Star (Jun 27): NPA owns ambush on planter
The Roselyn Pelle Command Northern Negros Guerilla Front of the New People's Army yesterday claimed responsibility for the ambush of a sugar planter in Brgy. Minapasok, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, on June 22.
Cecil Estrella, Roselyn Pelle Command spokesperson, in a two page statement sent to the media yesterday, said the movement successfully enforced the death penalty imposed by the revolutionary court on sugar planter Roberto “Bebe” Lumayno, who had a pending warrant of arrest since 2013.
Estrella alleged that punitive action against Lumaynowas in answer to residents'cry for justice against alleged threats, killings and widespread land-grabbing in Toboso, Calatrava and Salvador Benedicto towns in Negros Occidental.
The revolutionary movement is also calling on others involved in land grabbing and the use of armed goons to intimidate farmers to put a stop to their operations, Estrella said.
The NPA is also calling on all those who have cases for threatening residents and killings to surrender to the revolutionary movement so they can be given the opportunity to change, Estrella added.
Lumayno, 67, and his driver, Danilo Braga, 45, residents of Brgys.Minapasok and Marcelo, Calatrava, were on board a white Isuzu D-max pick-up vehicle, when they were ambushed by the NPA positioned inside a sugarcane field.
Both victims succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil Jr., Negros Occidental OIC police director, said the NPA did not have right to take the life of two people, there is a proper justice system that must be followed to seek redress.
He said the police will take action to ensure justice is attained by the family of the two killed.