BACOLOD City – The New People’s Army (NPA) took credit for a shooting incident which led to the deaths of a former soldier, a retired policeman and a civilian last April 9, 2018 at Barangay Bulad, Isabela, Negros Occ.
Killed in the Bulad shooting were retired Army Technical Sergeant Jose Jorito Amable, who used to be a member of the 11th Infantry Battalion; former SPO1 Alejandro Borres II, who used to be assigned at the Moises Padilla Police Station; and Federico Bitgue, believed to be a member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of Moises Padilla.
The shooting also injured a 10-year-old boy and school teacher Alquin Genterula Jr., 34, also of Moises Padilla town.
In a statement, the NPA labeled Amable and Borres as “legitimate military targets.”
Ka JB Regalado, spokesman of the NPA’s Leonardo Panaligan Command, disputed claims that they intended to kill Federico Bitgue even as they shirked responsibility for the injuries to the minor and the school teacher.
Regalado said the NPA members behind the assassination failed to seize the firearms of Amable and Borres due to the volume of fire that allegedly came from members of the Civil Defense and BPAT.
He also alleged that Amable and Borres connived with a politician in the recruitment and arming of civilians being used against rival politicians.
The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division slammed the NPA after its admission.
Two of the four Special Partisan Unit (SParU) assassins of the NPA involved in the Isabela have already been identified by the police. One of them was allegedly involved in the failed assassination of BPAT member Dave Vallente on March 30 at Brgy. Odiong, Moises Padilla.
Chief Inspector Reuben Pajarito, Isabela police chief, said multiple murder and attempted murder charges are now being readied against the NPA.
In March 2018, the NPA also claimed the killings of five civilians believed to be military informants.
Suspected NPA assassins also tried to kill a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit, identified as Wilson Gerosola at Brgy. Camalanda-an, Cauayan, Negros Occidental last April 14.
One of the assassins was killed during a pursuit by Army soldiers, while another was arrested in Cauayan town.