BACOLOD CITY – The provincial office of the Negros Occidental Police (NOCPPO) has condemned the latest atrocity of the New People & # 39; s Army (NPA), which claimed the life of village leader Rhoy Pagapang of Barangay Libas in Isabela City.
"We condemn the violent act committed by the NPA," said Senior Insp. Aireen Cordua, public information officer of NOCPPO, in a statement on Wednesday.
Cordua said that in spite of the communist rebels belonging to the assassination of the 38-year-old barangay captain, the police will continue the investigation.
"It will not stop the police from investigating the incident, we need to know why he was killed and also look at the barangay captain's background," she added.
Cordua said Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, the provincial police director, is of the opinion that if Pagapang had committed violations, he should have gone through a fair trial.
"Killing him should not be their solution," she quoted Castil.
On Monday night, the Leonardo Panaligan Command-Central Negros Guerrilla Front of the NPA, in a statement released to the local media, claimed responsibility for the death of Pagapang, which was shot down on Monday morning by unidentified attackers in Barangay Cabcab.
The rebel group said that Pagapang was a "military asset", which has put him on his list of targets since 2016 for information about the NPA's activities to the intelligence officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army.
Senior Insp. Randy Babor, head of the Isabela Municipal Police Station, said Tuesday that they will focus their investigation on the perpetrators of the rebel group.
Pagepang is the latest victim of what the Army & # 39; s 94th Infantry Battalion called "the murder of the Leonardo Panaligan Command of the CPP-NPA" in the center of Negros.
Two incidents were recorded on August 10, including the murders of the former Agapito Euraoba village headman in San Agustin, also from Isabela, in Negros Occidental and from village head Virgilio Masicampo Jr. from Barangay Nagsaha, Guihulngan City, in Negros Oriental. (PNA)