NPA denies killing farmer tagged as ‘CAFGU trooper’ in Caramoan, Cam Sur

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Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) 47th founding anniversary. Photo by Edwin G. Espejo
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) 47th founding anniversary. Photo by Edwin G. Espejo

By BicolToday.com News Team

CARAMOAN, Camarines Sur, 17Feb2016 – The killing of “CAFGU trooper” Bing Obias of Barangay Tabiguian, this town, allegedly by the New People’s Army (NPA) on Saturday, February 13, 2016 was denied by the rebels themselves.

According to the rebels, Obias was not a CAFGU, but he was a farmer and resident of Barangay Tabiguian where a detachment of the CAFGU-22nd IB is based.

Early reports dished out by the 9th ID and police said Obias was shot dead by the NPA for being an active CAFGU trooper involved in operations against the rebels.

Maria Roja Banua, spokesperson of NDF-Bicol, in a statement Tuesday, said Obias was not a CAFGU who was shot allegedly by the NPA, as reported by state security forces sent to the media.

Banua said Obias was found dead Saturday with gunshot wounds on the head, a few meters from the CAFGU 22nd IB detachment in Tabiguian village.

The NDF-Bicol spokesperson claimed Obias was shot dead by the real CAFGUs who had been “in torment and fuming mad” after their detachment was harassed by the NPA two days earlier, Thursday, February 11.

“This harassment by the NPA on the detachment might have caused these CAFGUs “fuming mad” to turn their guns on village civilians out of frustration,” Banua said.

Banua said they conducted secret investigation on Obias’ killing to correct erroneous and psy-war reports released to the media by the 9th ID and the police.

“He was an ordinary farmer, a family man who was focused on rearing up his family and children,” said the rebel spokesperson. [BicolToday.com]

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