About 50 suspected New People’s Army rebels yesterday swooped down on the remote Barangay Humay-Humay in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, shot dead a civilian, and inflicted injuries on a newly-elected barangay chairman.
Senior Supt. Raul Tacaca, Negros Oriental provincial police director, yesterday said Mike Jakosalem, a newly-elected barangay chairman of Humay-Humay in Guihulngan, was reported to be in a critical condition, after he was shot by the armed suspects, who claimed to be NPA rebels.
Jakosalem is now being treated for his injuries, at a private hospital in Bacolod City.
Tacaca also reported that a civilian identified as Lenmar Cabasag, a neighbor of Jakosalem, also died, after he was shot by the suspects, who were armed with high-powered firearms.
Police investigation showed that Jakosalem, who was suspected to be a government agent, was tied up and taken out from his residence, where he was shot.
Before leaving the place, the armed group shouted “Mabuhay ang NPA (Long live the NPA)”, Tacaca said.
Supt. Mario Baquiran, Guihulngan City police officer-in-charge, reported that Jakosalem was shot in the head.
The armed NPA rebel reportedly sprayed the houses of Jakosalem and Cabasag with bullets. Ladino Cabasag, brother of Lenmar, and his wife, however, miraculously survived, as they were not hit.
Before his election as Humay-Humay barangay captain, Jakosalem already got threats from the NPA, for being pro-government, Tacaca said.
Humay-Humay, a mountainous barangay about 20 kilometers from Guihulngan City poblacion, is known to be an insurgency-affected area in Negros Oriental.*GPB
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