By Joey Natividad
CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region, 8July2013 (BicolToday.com) – While members of the Bicol underground movement mourned over the loss of NDF-Bicol spokesman Greg Bañares and seven (7) others who were killed in an Army attack in the hinterlands of Sorsogon Province last July 4, people in this city are not aware that two (2) of them took their education at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, the Bicol Region’s premier education institution.
According to NDF-Bicol sources, Bañares (Soriano) was a Philosophy student of Ateneo de Naga, while Ted Palacio (Ka Gary) was a graduate and former professor of Computer Science in the same university.
Another Sorsogon casualty, Christine Puche (Ka Nel) was a graduate of Journalism at the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Quezon City.
Soriano (Ka Greg), while in Ateneo, had been involved in activism and member of League of Filipino Students in 1989, and peasant sector organizing in 1992, before becoming a staffer of the information bureau of the regional branch of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). In 2003, Soriano assumed the post as NDF-Bicol spokesman, using the nom de guerre Greg Bañares.
The other 5 casualties were veteran fighters and unit commanders under Sorsogon’s Celso Minguez Command of the New People’s Army (NPA). They were Pehing Hipa (Ka Miloy), member of Sorsogon CPP branch; David Llunar (Ka Rey); Romero Anonuevo (Ka Nene), William Villanueva Jr. ( Ka Jay); ). Ailyn Calma (Ka Kevin) was a NPA guerilla from Padre Diaz, Bulan, Sorsogon.
Meanwhile, Bicol rebels, in a statement, saluted their slain comrades as “martyrs” in their fight for national liberation, social justice, and genuine sovereignty. Their statements are posted at their blogs:NDFP-Bicol www.ndfpbicol.blogspot.com. [BicolToday.com]