NPA behind lady activist’s death

Subscribe Now April 21, 2013 at 08:02am

It was the gunmen of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) who shot dead a lady village councilor from Davao Oriental who became prominent for leading a large crowd in looting the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of rice and relief goods for typhoon victims last February 26.

The victim, Cristina Morales Jose, was shot dead last March 4 by two motorcycle-riding gunmen after attending a village meeting in Bgy. Binondo, Banganga, Davao Oriental.

Members of cause-oriented groups in the Davao region, including the NPA, immediately pinned the blame for the murder on members of the 10th Infantry Division, which is responsible for internal security operations in Davao and the Socksargen region.

But according to 10th ID commanding general Major Gen. Ariel Bernardo, it was the gunmen of the NPA who shot dead Jose.

“We find it curious that just minutes before she was killed, when even the local authorities are not yet aware of the shooting, the NPA already has a statement putting the blame on the military,” Bernardo said.

“But subsequently, they admitted to the crime; unfortunately, this was no longer reported by the media here and in Metro Manila,” the official added.

An intelligence officer who declined to be named said Jose was actually part of a network of NPA supporters and members in the Davao region tasked to solicit money for typhoon victims. “Pera ang dahilan kaya siya pinatay,” the source stressed.

Jose was a member of the local branch of Bayan Muna and ‘Barug Katawhan’ prior to her death.

On February 26, the nation was startled to see on live television alleged victims of Typhoon Pablo being led by Jose in forcibly taking away sacks of rice and other relief goods from the office of the DSWD in Davao City.

The ‘looters’ accused the government of withholding the release of the relief goods even as the victims of Pablo continue to go hungry.

“But even those so-called ‘victims’ of Pablo are fake. The relief goods are actually meant for the victims of Typhoon Crising which hit Davao del Norte and portions of Compostela Valley after Pablo,” Bernardo explained further.


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