• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Leonardo Panaligan Command has issued a statement claiming responsibility for the death of a civilian it alleged as a “military informant” on August 21 in Sitio Manghuya, Brgy. Aya, La Libertad, Negros Oriental.
In a statement, rebel spokesman Ka JB Regalado said it successfully carried out the imposition of the death penalty on Levy Sanoy, who they accused as an intelligence asset of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, based on the decision of the People’s Revolutionary Court.
Regalado further alleged that Sanoy was a land grabber, illegally possessed firearms, and an organizer of the “Pulahan” group in the barangay, whose members serve as force multipliers of the La Libertad Police Station and 62IB.
The victim was also alleged by the NPA to have been serving as a guide of the 62IB in the conduct of military operations in the boundary of La Libertad, Negros Oriental, as well as in Binalbagan and Isabela in Negros Occidental.
Investigations of the La Libertad PNP showed that armed men shot the victim on the head twice, inside his residence in Sitio Manghuya of the barangay.
Policemen recovered empty caliber .45 shells and slugs of from the scene of incident.*