From the Visayan Daily Star (Aug 11): Rebels claim killing mayor’s bodyguard
They did it again.
The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People’s Army issued a statement yesterday claiming responsibility for the killing of the bodyguard of Guihulngan City Mayor Guido Reyes.
LPC spokesman Ka JB Regalado confirmed the successful military operation against Bunjing Bulado, who was killed on July 31, while on his way to his cock farm in Sitio Kinayan, Brgy. Bulado, Guihulngan City.
Regalado, in a statement issued by LPC, claimed that Bulado was in possession of firearms, and allegedly used them in indiscriminate firing, and was facing land-grabbing complaints before the revolutionary court.
Bulado was employed by the local of Guihulngan City government, Supt. Mario Baquiran, city police chief said. He was also reported to be a bodyguard of Mayor Reyes.
Regalado also reported the disarming of barangay kagawad Jomar Timtim and Danny Timtim on the same day in Sitio Lipata, Brgy. Balogo, Guihulngan City, who are also facing complaints of abuse, and indiscriminate firing, among others.
He also linked the two, who were disarmed of two 45 caliber pistols with magazines containing ammunition, to an armed group allegedly maintained by a barangay official in Guihulngan City.
Regalado said they also raided a mining site on July 9 in Brgy. Banwage, Guihulngan City, that are subjects of complaints by the residents in the area, that is being maintained by a teacher of the Negros Oriental State University-Guihulngan,and allegedly authorized by Mayor Reyes.
Last month, the NPA also claimed responsibility for the killing of a retired Army soldier, and a barangay chairman and his nephew in Guihulngan City.
Despite the deployment of the 94th Infantry Battalion in Guihulngan City, Regalado said they were able to carry out their military actions successfully.