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Suspected rebels kill civilian in Moises Padilla

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Six suspected New People’s Army rebels shot and killed another civilian on March 2 in Sitio Agogolo, Brgy. Macagahay, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.

The victim was identified by the Moises Padilla Police Station as Jay Michael Ledesma, 42, who died on the spot.

Investigations of the Moises Padilla Police Station showed that Ledesma and his sonwere riding a motorcycle when they were waylaid by six armed men.

The victim, who was separated from his son, was shot and killed by the armed men, according to the police.

Six gunshots were heard by the victim’s son, from the area where his father had been shot, police investigations further showed.

PMaj. Randy Babor, Moises Padilla police chief, disclosed that they are still validating reports that the armed suspects are members of the New People’s Army.

The Moises Padilla Police Station already coordinated with the 62nd Infantry Battalion for the possible identification and arrest of the armed men.

Elsewhere, four unidentified perpetrators shot and killed Arnold Saldo on March 2 at Purok 4 in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental while a stray bullet hit and injured Rommel Tabara, who is now being treated at a hospital in Bacolod City.

Police investigations further showed that Saldo was having a drinking spree at the birthday party of his sister-in-law, with Tabara, when the four suspects appeared and shot him.

Saldo was declared dead on arrival at the Murcia Rural Health Unit clinic, police said.*

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