Armed men gun down paramilitary-intelligence man in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental

March 20, 2012 2:02 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, March 19 –Two unidentified armed men gunned down a Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) early Monday in the hinterland village of Milagrosa in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.

The victim was identified as a certain Vicente Deliña, a member of the 12th Citizens’ Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Battalion and currently assigned at the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Siaton, Negros Oriental.

An initial report said Deliña was grazing his horse around 5 a.m. Monday at the sub-village of Tapsaw in Milagrosa when two men armed with high-powered firearms shot him, said Lt. Col. Marion Sison, commander of the 79th IB.

Deliña died on the spot due to gunshot wounds to his head and face. The suspects, initially believed to be members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) fled the scene immediately, carting away the victim’s caliber .45 pistol with three magazines, a mobile phone and other personal belongings.

The suspects were believed to have withdrawn towards the direction of the Nagbalaye River to the sub-village of Kadlum in Nagbalaye, Sta. Catalina, a report reaching Lt. Col. Sison said.

The Army deployed troops immediately to chase the suspects.

Sison said initial investigation pointed to the NPA as possible perpetrators of the gun-slay, as the deceased civilian armed auxiliary was also being utilized as an asset of the military intelligence.

The Army commander, however, also said that personal grudge and a land dispute could also motivate the killing.

Sison said his troops were on heightened alert because of the upcoming anniversary of the New People’s Army on March 29.

The ambush-slay of the militiaman Deliña could be part of a larger tactical offensive planned by the NPA to celebrate their anniversary this year, Sison said. (PNA) RMA/JFP

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