By Joey Natividad
City of Naga, Bicol Region (BicolToday.com/17-Mar-2013) – New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Camarines Sur admitted the killing of an alleged Army spy on Thursday afternoon at Sangay, Camarines Sur, according to a rebel statement sent to Bicoltoday.com. on Friday, March 15.
The NPA Edumundo Jacob Command (EJC) said it had meted “punishment” to Ferdinand Bantal, a military asset and member of a paramilitary group, in Sitio Odiongan, Turague village, Sangay, this province.
According to the rebel statement, Bantal was involved in the attempted killing of three peasants when they were caught resting in a hut during a military operation by a Special Operation Team in Antipolo village, Iriga City in year 2007. However, the civilians managed to flee.
Rojo Armada, EJC spokesman, said the victim was also involved in harassing and threatening civilians in the mountain areas of Sagnay, Baao, and Iriga City in year 2006, and on rural folks he suspected as “rebel sympathizers.”
The group also claimed the alleged spy had been involved in cattle-rustling and other “criminal activities”.
The rebel statement came from the Edumundo Jacob Command which is based in Rinconada District, commonly known as Camarines Sur’s 5th legislative district with Iriga City as the premier urban area, and 45-minutes drive from City of Naga. [BicolToday.com]