Army condemns NPA killing of non-combatants

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THE Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (ID) based in Capiz has condemned the New People’s Army (NPA) for its continued violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) in Negros Occidental.

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The censure came following the brutal killing of an active government militiaman by four suspected NPA rebels last Monday in a public market in Brgy. Poblacion, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.

In a statement, the Army division said that Romualdo Dollente, an active member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit under the 3rd ID, was in civilian attire and unarmed when shot at the back by the four suspects with a cal .45 pistol. He was assigned at the Nara Patrol Base of the said town.

Also on early Tuesday morning a former militiaman, identified as Rene Villar, was also brutally killed by suspected NPA rebels in Sitio Lucsuhon, also in the same village.

Colonel Francisco Delfin, commander of the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade, said such attacks by suspected NPA rebels on non-combatants are a clear violation of the CARHRIHL, to which the NPA’s main political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF), is a signatory.

While the CPP-NPA took responsibility for the killings, the army official said their own comrades must also bring the perpetrators of the killings to a court of law.

“Any issue against their victims should be brought to the proper court and let them answer to our proper judicial system,” Delfin said in the statement.

The Army’s implementation of the military’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, together with other security forces, stakeholders and the peace-loving Negrenses, has been effective in the effort to gain peace in the region, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Army will file charges against the perpetrators and urged the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and other human rights advocacy groups such as Karapatan, to investigate the murder of Dollente, Villar and other victims of the NPA.

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