NPA tax collector gunned down by fellow rebels for non-remittance of revenue

March 3, 2015 5:03 am 

LEGAZPI CITY, March 2 — A 44-year-old active member of the New People's Army (NPA), who collected revolutionary tax for the movement, was gunned down by his companions at about 12 noon Monday at Barangay Lourdes, Pilar, Sorsogon.

A police report identified the victim as Juan Arena Jr., farmer and resident of the area.

Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, Bicol police regional director, said the killing happened at about 12:00 noon after Arena received a message from an unknown texter asking him to meet the latter in a place in their village.

With his wife Eva accompanying him, Arena went to the place of rendezvous where four young-looking men armed with .45-caliber pistol and .9mm-caliber pistol waiting and told his wife to leave the place but she did not heed them.

The rebels shot Arena in front of his wife.

The police learned that Arena was an active member of rebel movement who was collecting revolutionary tax from their co-villagers but did not remit it to the organization, resulting in his execution.

The suspects casually walked away from the area while the victim's wife was speechless and was assisted by her fellow villagers.

Arena's dead body was brought to a funeral home for autopsy while police recovered empty shells from the crime scene. (PNA)



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