Sunday, July 21, 2019

Over 20 ‘communist’ rebels charged for killing 4 cops

From the Sun Star posted to Yahoo! Philippines (Jul 21, 2019): Over 20 ‘communist’ rebels charged for killing 4 cops

THE Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) has filed four counts of murder against more than 20 communist fighters who were reportedly involved in the ambush-slay of four policemen in Ayungon town on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Another four counts of robbery were also lodged against the suspects.

Noppo Director Raul Tacaca said the complaints were filed before the Dumaguete City Prosecutor’s Office Saturday morning, July 20.

He believes that members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), initiated the ambush that resulted in the deaths of Police Corporal Relebert Beronio, Patrolman Raffy Callao, Patrolman Roel Cabellon and Patrolman Marquino de Leon.

The fatalities were all junior non-commissioned officers of the 704th Regional Mobile Force Company (RMFC) of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7.

“We have witnesses who helped us with the investigation. We have more than 20 identified suspects and several John Does. We believe that they (suspects) are members of the CPP-NPA,” said Tacaca.

However, the police official refused to divulge the identities of the suspects as the manhunt against them is still ongoing. The personnel of Noppo and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are going after the culprits, Tacaca said.

In a statement released by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, the victims were on board three motorcycles to verify reports on the presence of an armed group in the area when they were ambushed in Sitio Ilaya Yamot, Barangay Mabato.

The culprits stole the policemen’s issued firearms and personal belongings, including the motorcycles’ keys.

The victims were found lifeless on the grass; some of them were hogtied. Their deformed faces suggested they had been tortured before they were executed.

A portion of the PRO 7’s statement reads: “The PNP (Philippine National Police) vehemently denounce and condemn in the strongest sense these inhumane acts and the gross violations of human rights done by the CPP/NPA/NDF (National Democratic Front) to our troops. The long arms of the law are now stretching within and beyond its borders to catch all those who are responsible for their deaths.”

Tacaca believes the communist rebels are threatened by ongoing initiatives of the PRO 7 that could win the hearts of poor families. The PRO 7, led by its director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, has been conducting outreach programs and medical missions in remote areas in Negros Oriental.

He urged the Negros Oriental residents to maintain their allegiance to the government by “rejecting and denying any form of armed struggle.”

Tacaca said the families of the victims will be provided with assistance.

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  1. Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)/New People's Army admit murdering the four policemen. See below:

    NPA propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Information Bureau (CPP-IB) Blog site (Jul 21, 2019): 4 Police Killed in Ayungon


    July 21, 2019

    Four policemen were killed in an ambush initiated by a unit of Mt. Cansermon Command -New People’s Army (MCC-NPA). The ambush happened in Sitio Yamot, Brgy. Mabato, Ayungon, Negros Oriental at 2:30 pm last July 18, 2019.

    Killed on the spot were Corporal Lireberth Berollo, PO1 Ruel Cabellon, Po1 Raffy Callao, Po1 Marquino F. De Leon. They are active intelligence members of 704th Regional Mobile Force Batallion – Police Regional Office 7 ( RMFB – PRO7) based in Sitio Mabingka, Brgy Mabato, Ayungon, Negros Oriental.

    ” Based on our intelligence report, the four police operatives were gathering information and surveilling the area for another round of Oplan Sauron or Synchronized Enhanced Management of Police Operations (SEMPO) where innocent civilians are killed by uniformed personnel in the guise of counter-insurgency efforts. These police officers have been long harassing the residents of the area for allegedly supporting the revolutionary movement. In fact, the residents were forced to evacuate because of continued intimidation. “, said Dionisio Magbuelas, spokesperson of MCC-NPA.

    Recovered from their possession are 4 Canik 9mm pistol, 9 magazines and 135 ammunition, and a list of names of their targets.

    “It has been proven that the fascist US-Duterte regime have long been using elements of reactionary armed force to threaten, intimidate, harrass, and even killing of the people. Through this successful tactical offensive, we have foiled the enemy’s plan of repression and terrorism towards the people. Let this be a warning to the reactionary fascist regime that the NPA is ever determined to frustrate your all out offensives and to punish for all the brutal crimes against the people,” added Magbuelas.

    Published by Philippine Revolution Web Central
    The official blogsite of the Communist Party of the Philippines Information Bureau


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