Philippines insurgency clippings

NPA claims slay of
former RPA leader

The New People’s Army Roselyn “Ka Jean” Pelle Command yesterday claimed responsibility for the summary execution of a former leader of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

Rebel spokesman Cecil Estrella justified in a statement the killing of RPA-ABB leader Renante Canete. The rebel group accused Canete of being actively involved in gun-for-hire activities, and claimed that his services were being employed by landlords, in collaboration with the military in northern Negros, as leader of a “death squad”.

Canete was also linked by the rebel group to the killing of farmer’s  group leader Reynaldo Bocaling in Toboso, strafing of farm workers in haciendas Vincent and Pula, all in Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Sagay City, and in Brgy. Minautok in Calatrava.

Investigations by the Sagay police showed that Canete succumbed to four gunshot wounds in the head, and was shot by a group of NPA hitmen Nov. 2 at a cockpit in Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Sagay City.

Capt. Mark Andrew Posadas, regional Army spokesman, yesterday said the admission of the Roselyn Pelle Command that they were behind the killing of Canete further bolstered beliefs that their involvement in extra-judicial killings is sanctioned by the Communist Party of the Philippines central committee.

Citing documents recovered from arrested rebel leader Danilo Badayos, Posadas said the targets for summary execution, include former NPA leaders who broke away from the mainstream rebel faction, sympathizers and supporters.

Almost all members and leaders of the RPA-ABB used to be affiliated also with the NPA.

Estrella said the revolutionary people’s court is open to any complaints that may be lodged against anybody engaged in anti-revolutionary and anti-people activities, for them to take action on it.

Of the 52 violent incidents perpetrated by the NPA in Western Visayas, 56 percent involve extra-judicial killings, military records also showed.

Posadas said 20 of the 28 rebel-initiated killings from January to Nov. 2 this year, took place in Negros island.*GPB

Soldiers clash with rebels;
‘red fighter’ yields to cops

Army soldiers recently clashed with nine suspected New People’s Army rebels in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, while a self-confessed red fighter surrendered to the police in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, military and police records show.

Capt. Mark Andrew Posadas, regional Army spokesman, yesterday said the rebels, believed to be members of the Komiteng Rehiyonal-Sentral Bisayas, withdrew in separate directions, after 10 minutes of gunbattle with soldiers of the 79th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Cali, Brgy. Mayabon, Zamboaguita.

The fleeing rebels who used to be commanded by Danilo Badayos, KRSB secretary, left behind assorted spent and live ammunition, cellular phones, medical equipment and surgical tools, assorted medicines, and subversive documents.

Posadas said traces of bloodstains were also noticed along the rebels’ withdrawal route, which may indicate that some of them were injured in the running gunbattle.

Badayos was captured by a combined team of soldiers and policemen in a shopping mall in Dumaguete City, three weeks ago.

No casualty was reported on the government side.

Posadas said Badayos has been very helpful to them in volunteering information, and this contributed to some of their successful operations against the NPA in southeast portion of Negros island.

Meanwhile, the self-confessed NPA red fighter who surrendered to the Sipalay police force was identified as a Rain Oval of Surigao del Norte in Mindanao.

Oval, alias Ka Botsoy, who served the rebel movement for almost two years, admitted to be a member of the KLSW, which used to be commanded by Armando Sumayang, alias Ka Pao, who recently died in an encounter in Sipalay City, Lt. Col. Nathaniel Villasor, Task Group South West commander said.

The rebel returnee is now under the custody of the Sipalay police.*GPB

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