KIDAPAWAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 8, 2012) – Communist rebels on Thursday have owned up to the killing of a Swiss-Filipino trader whom they accused in the murder of an Italian missionary in the southern Philippines.
Rigoberto Sanchez, a spokesman for the Merardo Arce Command of the New People’s Army, said rebels killed Patrick Winneger, 48, in a daring attack Wednesday at a market place in Kidapawan City.
He said Winneger was a staunch anti-communist advocate who passed on intelligence about the NPA to the military’s 6th Infantry Division.
Sanchez implicated Winneger to the murder of Fr. Fausto Tentorio in North Cotabato province. “He coddled and financed fanatical and anti-NPA Bagani groups, and targeted Fr. Fausto ‘Pops’ Tentorio. Text Messages in Winneger’s mobile phone confiscated by the Herminio Alfonso Command operatives revealed his role as handler of paramilitary Baganis linked with Fr. Tentorio’s murder,” Sanchez said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.
“Winneger clearly deserved the NPA’s punishment. The NPA’s partisan operation against Winneger showed that the fascist enemy cannot escape the long arm of revolutionary justice. In fact, Winneger’s death is a first step towards achieving full revolutionary justice for the beloved Fr. Tentorio. The swift and timely punishment of one of the principals of Fr. Tentorio’s killing stands as a fitting and just retribution amid the false justice dispensed by the US-Aquino regime,” he added.