From the Philippine Information Agency (Apr 24): PNP Caraga: ‘Sorry’ can’t bring back life of slain pastor
The leadership of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 has slammed the apology made by the New People's Army (NPA) terrorists over the murder of a pastor in the hinterland of Gigaquit town, Surigao del Norte.
Chief Supt Noli Romana, PRO13 director, said that the apology of Ka-Oto, spokesperson of NPA’s Guerilla Front 16, would never lessen the grief of Pastor Jepti Acedo’s family.
Acedo, 32 and his companions Virgil Flor Ortiz, 23; and Abner Malaque, 20, were riding on a motorcycle when riddled with bullets by the NPA terrorists using high-powered firearms in Brgy. Lahi on April 18, 2018.
“This brutal incident is a grave violation of human rights and must be condemned by the peace-loving communities in Caraga. They are killing civilians contrary to their claim they are protectors of the people,“ RD Romana added.
The region’s police chief called on the people to withstand against the NPA deceptions and report their presence immediately to the nearest police/army unit.