NDF-Bicol: NPA did not kill Rep. Rodel Batocabe; state military blamed | BICOL TODAY

NDF-Bicol: NPA did not kill Rep. Rodel Batocabe; state military blamed

By BicolToday.com News Team

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region — The National Democratic Front-Bicol (NDF-Bicol) on Tuesday, December 25, said the newly-organized Special Investigation Task Group Batocabe will not bag the gunmen who killed Congressman Rodel Batocabe and his police officer escort as they were “military men”.

Malacanang ordered Sunday the creation of Special Investigation Task Group Batocabe under Bicol R5 Chief Supt. Escobal and PNP Chief Albayalde.

The rebel organization in the Bicol Region also denied the involvement of the New People’s Army (NPA) over the killing Saturday of Batocabe during a gift-giving program for senior citizens in Daraga, Albay.

Ka Ma. Roja Banua, NDF-Bicol spokesperson, in a statement posted at the internet, tossed the blame on the military which has soldiers deployed at Burgos village, where Batocabe was killed, and in the neighboring villages where there were high military presence.

She said, according to reports from witnesses, there were four gunmen, in civilian clothes, involved in the killing. This hit team fled toward neighboring Barangay Maopi, where an AFP Peace and Development Team of 9th IDPA was based. Aside from Burgos village, the surrounding villages have high military presence, these are Kinawitan, Mabini, San Vicente Piqueno, and the villages of Magogon and Panoypoy in Camalig town.

Banua said it is highly suspicious that these military units were not “on alert” and did not respond when gunfire erupted at Burgos and the gunmen were seen fleeing toward the direction of Maopi.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson also announced the 50th celebration today, December 26, on the founding of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), and declared that the movement will move on despite the escalating state war being waged by Duterte, as supported by the ruling elite, to end the people’s struggle for liberation.

Banua hinted the killing of Batocabe might be part of “high-profile killings” under the US-dictated Duterte government to justify the escalation of war against the revolutionary movement and to impose nation-wide martial law and “iron-hand” rule.

Aside from the assassination of Batocabe, his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz was also shot dead, including the wounding of 7 old people who were waiting to receive their Christmas gifts.

(Read related news: Daraga, Albay, Christmas gift-giving event for elderlies; 2 killed, 7 old folks injured by bullets)

NDF-Bicol said Batocabe was not a “persona non grata” to the revolutionary movement, and despite of differences on issues, political beliefs, and affiliations, he had unofficial access to the movement, the same manner such privilege is being granted to other public officials on matters of public concern.

The spokesperson said Batocabe, being mayoralty candidate in Daraga, was slated to have talks with the movement after Christmas on issues regarding pro-people programs for townfolks, local demilitarization, and LGU role to attain just and last peace.

NDF-Bicol said Bicol region is included under “de facto martial law” under Memorandum Order 32 and priority target region under Executive Order 70, creating the National Task Force to End Communist Insurgency (NTFECI). [BicolToday.com]

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