Communist rebels shot and killed an innocent civilian Thursday in Sitio Tuko, Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, a ranking military official confirmed last night.
The victim identified as Johnny Albino, 35, and a farmer, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, after he was shot by members of the New People’s Army, several meters away from his residence in the place, Lt. Col. Randy Pagunuran, 94th Infantry Battalion commander, said.
The NPA Leonardo Panaligan Command yesterday issued a statement claiming responsibility for the death of Albino on March 14 in Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City.
Rebel spokesman Ka JB Regalado claimed that Albino, served as a military informant, and also reported to the Candalanon detachment, where the Peace and Development Team of the 94th Infantry Battalion is located.
Pagunuran strongly condemned the continued terroristic activity of the NPA, that showed again their true nature and ability to kill innocent civilians, without remorse or hesitation.
He added that the NPA rebels took, not only the life of the head of a family, but the hopes of his four children.
Regalado also linked Albino to the bloody Oplan Sauron campaign of the 94IB and PNP in Dec. 27 last year, that claimed the lives of six civilians and detention of more than 50 others.
Before his death, Regalado said Albino had been warned twice for his anti-revolutionary activities since 2015.
Pagunuran also called on other sectors of the society and Guihulngan City residents to strongly condemn the treacherous acts of the NPA.*
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