From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Aug 31): CONSTITUENTS MOURN | Village Chief killed by CPP-NPA Terrorist in Negros Oriental
MANJUYOD, Negros Oriental (DWDD) – Residents of Barangay Panciao, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental are now in deep sorrow over the death of their hero village chairman who was killed by the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at around 11:45 am of August 30, 2018.
Three unidentified members of the terrorist organization gunned down Village Chief Mario Gonzalez in front of his residence. The victim sustained gunshot wounds in different parts of his body that led to his instantaneous death. Pursuit operations was immediately conducted by members of the Alpha Company, 15th Infantry Battalion who happened to be attending the “Buwan ng Wika” Celebration at the aforementioned Barangay.
Gonzalez was a victim of the coercion, extortion and robbery activities of the CPP-NPA Terrorist. Sometime in February of this year, during a barangay session, CNTs ransacked the Barangay Hall and carted away the belongings of the village officials. He once attempted to resign from his position but his passion and conviction to his constituents motivated him to continue the fight for his people.
LTC Egberto O Dacoscos, the Commanding Officer of the the Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion lauded Gonzalez for his bravery despite the threats he received from the CPP-NPA Terrorist. “He is the epitome of a public servant living the tradition of heroism of our forefathers. Rest assured that his efforts and sacrifices will not be in vain” he added.
Dacoscos also condemned in the strongest possible terms the killing rampage of the CPP-NPA Terrorist in Central Negros victimizing defenseless village chairmen and civilians which is a clear violation of human rights and international humanitarian law. 62IB Unifier / MCAG