• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People’s Army claimed responsibility for the killing of an alleged “military informant” on January 19 in Brgy. Macagahay, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.
In a statement, rebel spokesperson Ka JB Regalado claimed that the Raffy Estorco was meted with the death penalty for serving as a military asset of the 62nd Infantry Battalion.
The same rebel unit earlier claimed responsibility for the death of Kagawad Cerilo Balasabas on Jan. 14 in Sitio Banban, Barangay Guba, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental.
Investigations of the Moises Padilla Police Station showed that Estorco was driving his motorcycle when he was shot by an unidentified assailant on Thursday night, at Sitio Tubod in Brgy. Macagahay, Moises Padilla.
The victim succumbed to a fatal gunshot wound in the forehead, according to the police.
Regalado claimed that the death penalty imposed to Estorco was ordered by the people’s revolutionary court.*