By BicolToday.com Staff
LEGAZPI CITY, 16March2017 (BicolToday.com) – The statement of 9th ID, Philippine Army (PA) about the killed New People’s Army (NPA) member and seized weapons and equipment during the encounter, March 15, in Sitio Public, Brgy. Itok, Capalonga, Camarines Norte was a big lie.
There were no encounter between Philippine Army and any unit of Armando Catapia Command – NPA Camarines Norte according to its spokesperson Carlito Cada.
“The residents of Brgy. Itok also denied the accusation that a clash occurred,” said Cada.
During the investigation, Armando Catapia command found out that a civilian farmer was accused as NPA and was killed by elements of 9th IB in Brgy. Mactang, Camarines Norte whose commanding officer was SSgt. Hernandez.
The victim was farmer Obina (surname).
“The violence is part of unfair all-out war under false Oplan Kapayapaan under Duterte regime,” Cada added.
According to Ang Bayan, at least three farmers per week were killed by the state forces since Oplan Kapayapaan was declared.
“Just like the counter-insurgency programs of the previous regimes, the fascist government has no concern in the lives of innocent civilians,” Cada said.
“In fact, the accusations and killings of civilians have long been part of the terrorist conduct of the operations of the Philippine Army to sow fear among the people, in a futile attempt to avert the revolutionary movement. This is also part of their rush to get reports of alleged successful operation, to cover up their failure to subdue the rebels,” Cada added.
Armando Catapia Command calls on all citizens, including the local media and human rights advocates to demand the 9th ID office led by Maj. Gen. Manolito P. Orense, and the office of 902nd IB Brigade Commander Rolando C. Manalo, who submitted false reports, to reveal the truth and call for justice to the slain farmer and his family. [BicolToday.com]