• CHR urged to probe Guihulngan ambush

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    BACOLOD CITY: Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr., called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate the alleged ambush by the New People’s Army (NPA) that killed the Guihulngan City chief of police and six others and wounded three last week while Councilor Edison Delarita remains missing.

    “They [CHR] should not only investigate one side but also the death of the policemen whose rights may have been violated, too,” Maranon said.

    This call was aired as the whereabouts of Delarita could not be ascertained after he gave an interview to the local media last Friday following the reported ambush.

    Police Regional Office-8 director, Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales, said investigators are looking into the possibility that the ambush on July 22 by suspected NPA rebels on responding policemen led by Supt. Arnel Arpon was “a set up.”

    Gonzales also directed all police forces in the Negros Island Region to maintain target hardening measures, intelligence efforts and extreme precautionary measures.

    Meanwhile, an officer of Guihulngan Police Station told Radyo Bandera-Bacolod on Tuesday that three days prior to the incident, Delarita reportedly went to the police station and asked Arpon to release his son who was arrested on illegal drug charges.

    When Arpon turned down the request saying that a case has already been filed against the councilor’s son, Delarita allegedly made a scene inside the police station, the source added.

    Also killed during the ambush were Senior Police Officer 2 Nicasio Tabilon, SPO1 Jesael Ancheta, Police Officer 2 Alfredo Dunque, PO2 Alvin Bulandres, PO3 Teovic Agusto and Michael Jambalos, Delarita’s driver.

    The wounded police officers were PO3 Jordan Balderas, SPO2 Jury Maribao and SPO4 Jerome Delara.

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