Rebels continue to justify killings — 301st-IB

February 1, 2013 10:54 pm 

By VLOrquiola

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 01 – In a press statement, the New People’s Army took responsibility for the assassination of a ranking leader of its rival group Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB).

This was revealed by Col. Arnold Quiapo, commander of the 301st Infantry Brigade based in Camp Hernandez, Dingle, Iloilo.

To recall, 44-year-old Joven Tababa of Brgy. Bagacay, Tigbauan, Iloilo was ambushed by suspected armed rebels afternoon of January 25.

He was onboard a motorcycle along with his seven-year-old daughter on their way to Brgy. Nagba, also in Tigbauan when sprayed by a group of armed men with high caliber firearms and eventually died on the spot.

His daughter fortunately survived and was brought to the hospital in nearby Guimbal, Iloilo for stress debriefing.

A day after Tababa’s brutal slay, a certain Gina Genilan Gestalao alyas Neneng, 35 years old and wife of former RPA-ABB member, was also shot dead by suspected NPA rebels 8 pm on January 26 at their house in Brgy. Bulho, San Joaquin, Iloilo.

She succumbed to bullet wounds on her upper breast and left portion of her eye inflicted by a .45 caliber pistol.

“Their action show that they are inhuman for killing a person right in front of his daughter. It is very traumatic for a daughter to see her father gets killed,” Col. Quiapo said.

Quiapo stressed that "we are all advocates of peace, any issue against Tababa should be brought to the proper judicial system. They should not justify this senseless killing. This only goes to show that they are no longer revolutionaries but terrorists.”

For his part, Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division, said that the government and the Filipino people want a justice system that's not served through killings. We don't want to go back to the barbaric era and while they took responsibility for the killing, they should bring those culprits from within their ranks to the courts of law.

Recently, NPA rebels killed a police officer and eight civilians in an ambush-massacre early Sunday morning of Jan. 27 in Brgy Puso, La Castellana, Negros Occidental.

The grisly incident likewise wounded 12 other victims including four minors and two more police officers. (PNA)

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