From the Visayan Daily Star (Jun 18): NPA justifies killing, injuring brgy captain
The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People’s Army issued a statement justifying the raid at the house of newly-elected barangay chairman Mike Jakosalem in Brgy. Humay-Humay, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental that caused his injuries, and resulted in the death of a civilian.
Ka JB Regalado, spokesperson of the Leonardo Panaligan Command, however, denied that they strafed the house of Jakosalem, claiming that a firefight ensued only after a member of the group of the barangay chairman fought back.
The nephew of Jakosalem, identified as Lenmar Cabasag died, while the barangay chairman, who sustained a gunshot wound in the head, survived. He is now recuperating in a hospital in Bacolod City.
Supt. Mario Baquiran, Guihulngan City police-officer-in charge, debunked NPA claims that Jakosalem engaged in illegal drug activities, saying that their validation showed he was not in the list of drug personalities.
Regalado also alleged that Jakosalem is an “agent” of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, that he also linked to the killings of drug surrenderers, and allegedly maintaining armed goons, among other accusations.
Baquiran said those allegations were hurled against Jakosalem by the NPA, upon withdrawing from the crime scene.
The NPA also claimed that they were able to seize four .45 caliber pistols, a browning shotgun, eight handsets and three cellular phones during the raid at the house of Jakosalem.
Baquiran said they will look into claims of rebels that they seized firearms from the victims, stressing that they have not been informed of this by the family of Jakosalem.
Regalado challenged other members of the group of Jakosalem to face their respective cases before the revolutionary court.
The newly-arrived 94th Infantry Battalion has been deployed by the 3rd Infantry Division in the hinterlands of Guihulngan City, to address atrocities committed by the CPP-NPA.