Thursday, May 14, 2020

Reds eyed in NegOr town killings

From the Philippine News Agency (May 14, 2020): Reds eyed in NegOr town killings (By Mary Judaline Partlow)

Negros Oriental provincial police director Col. Julian Entoma (PNA file photo)

Negros Oriental provincial police director Col. Julian Entoma on Thursday afternoon said the New People’s Army (NPA) – the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) – is suspected of having perpetrated some of the recent killings in Guihulngan City.

In an interview, he said there appears to be a "common reason" for the shooting-to-death of some of the victims in Guihulngan, a city more than 100 kilometers north of this capital.

An initial report from the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) said the latest victim was a barangay (village) councilman and resident of Sitio Maambog in Barangay Planas of the said city.

The report said the victim, Elpedio Julwar dela Cerna Mahinay, 65, was shot around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday by unidentified armed men believed to be NPA members.

Investigation disclosed that Mahinay was tending his cow at his farm in Sitio Upper Muog when the suspects suddenly appeared and shot him, resulting in his instant death.

The suspects were overheard as saying that “nagpagamit man gud mo sa Army ug gobyerno (you allowed yourselves to be used by the Army and the government),” police investigators said.

Last May 10, a former member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) was also gunned down allegedly by suspected NPA rebels in Guihulngan.

A police report said that at around 8:20 p.m., the victim, Feliciano Blanco Mahinay, Jr., 48, a farmer/caretaker of the farm of barangay councilman Luciano Bustamante, was shot dead in his house in Sitio Punong, Barangay Trinidad.

On the same day, at around 7:15 p.m., another shooting incident transpired, this time in Sitio Bulay, Barangay T-Hill.

The victim, Dante Jimena, 44, jobless and a resident of the said village, was found by responding policemen lying unconscious with gunshot wounds in different parts of his body.

Jimena was cooking inside his house when an unidentified suspect suddenly appeared and fired at him several times, apparently with a .45-caliber pistol based on the lone spent shell recovered from the crime scene.

He was declared dead on arrival at the Guihulngan District Hospital.

Entoma said these are the latest crimes allegedly perpetrated by the NPA, apparently by “graduates” who were sent out on a “test mission”.

There were other shooting incidents in Guihulngan in recent months that are also linked to the NPA, he said.

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