NPA owns up to slay of cop in Davao Oriental

Subscribe Now December 01, 2010 at 10:51pm

The New People’s Army (NPA) in Southern Mindanao on Wednesday owned up to Monday’s killing of a police officer in Boston, Davao Oriental.

In a statement, Ka Roel Agustin II, spokesperson of the NPA’s Conrado Heredia Command said SP01 Romie Cabuñas was targeted for being a "fanatical counter-revolutionary operative engaged in vicious suppression campaign under the government’s anti-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya." Cabuñas was in Purok (district) Daisy in Poblacion (town center), Boston on Monday when shot dead by two motorcycle-riding men.

Agustin said the police officer was instrumental in the April 2009 murder of peasant leader Ludenio Monzon and also committed other abuses against civilians.

“He had a notorious record of victimizing people. He ran an extortion racket that collected daily from poor farmers and fishermen, small businesses and logging concessions in Boston town. He has a penchant for mauling civilians, especially the young people, when they are unfortunate to cross him,” he said.

Agustin said Cabuñas had “no compassion for hapless civilians and no respect at all for even the most basic of human rights."

"The masses can only turn to the revolutionary movement as the reliable protectors of their human rights. Time and again, the masses are witness that genuine justice can only be achieved through the people’s war,” he added.

The military in Southern Mindanao said the death of Cabuñas was a proof of the NPA’s “murderous” activities.


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