Monday, June 26, 2017

NPA owns up killing of ex-Army intel man

From the Visayan Daily Star (Jun 26): NPA owns up killing of ex-Army intel man

The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People's Army in central Negros has claimed responsibility for the liquidation of former Philippine Army Sgt. Ronnie Montejo in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental on June 20.

Ka JB Regalado, spokesperson of the Leonardo Panaligan Command, in a statement issued by the local rebel group, accused Montejo of involvement in multiple murder cases, in the deaths of their two comrades, “Ka Keven” and “Ka Roselyn Pelle”, and injuries to one another one, in 2001.

Regalado also linked Montejo to the capture of two other NPA members, being a former intelligence operative of the 11th Infantry Battalion.

He also charged Montejo of harassing some farmers and residents in barangays Lumapao and Malaiba in Canlaon City.

Montejo was riding a motorcycle when he was gunned down by three suspects, believed to be members of the NPA Special Partisan Unit, two days after the rebel group also raided a police station in Maasin town, Iloilo.

This was followed by the ambush of two civilians in Barangay Minapasok, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, also suspected to be perpetrated by the NPA in northern Negros, military records showed.

The Army's 3rd Infantry Division has condemned the killing of two civilians, as well as Montejo, which they described as a “barbaric act”.

Regalado, on the other hand, congratulated the NPA team that had carried out the killing of Montejo, as ordered by the revolutionary court.

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