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NDF condemns ‘EJKs' in NegOr

The National Democratic Front-Negros strongly condemned the series of alleged extra-judicial killings in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, which it blamed to a death squad secretly organized by state security forces.

Ka Frank Fernandez, NDF-Negros spokesperson, claimed in a statement dated Oct. 9, that the systematized killings by a state-sponsored death squad claimed the lives of seven victims, majority of whom were farmers, as well as Oscar Aseldo, an employee of the Department of Education in Negros Oriental.

Fernandez also alleged that they received information that 18 more civilians as well as leaders of farmer's organizations are also being targeted for liquidation.

He also lambasted the Guihulngan City police force for not taking action against the killers of the Calago couple in Brgy. Tacpao in the city, that he had linked to the Philippine Army.

The NPA had claimed responsibility for the ambush and killing of six Guihulngan policemen, including police chief Supt. Arnel Arpon, and inflicting injuries to three others.

Fernandez also criticized the Commission on Human Rights for using the version of the Philippine Army and National Police in its investigation on the killings.

Meanwhile, the Rachelle Mae Palang Command of the NPA, in another statement, claimed responsibility for the death of Melvin Acabo on Sept. 27 in Brgy. Talalac, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental.

Ka. Estrella Banagbanag, spokesperson of the RMPC, alleged that Acabo was an intelligence operative of the 79 th Infantry Battalion, and received P9,000 a month from his handler.

Banagbanag added that the companion of Acabo, she identified as Junie Cabugwason, was also punished in March this year, while the identity of their woman, who is also a military asset, is still being determined.*GPB


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