Tuesday, July 21, 2009

07-21-2009: Communist rebels kills 3 innocent civilians near Bacolod

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental: The New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros on Sunday apologized for an ambush staged in Toboso town, about 30 miles east of Bacolod City. The ambush left three civilians dead and three other civilians wounded. A priest that turned rebel Frank Fernandez, NPA spokesman, in a statement said that an investigation was being conducted to identify those responsible for the attack.

On July 13, communist rebels fired at a pick-up truck and killed Edmar Sultan, 14, a student of the Toboso National High School (TNHS); Ena Pata, 50; and Rodolfo Salipod, 56, the driver.

The provincial government and church officials have condemned the NPA ambush. “I condemn senseless killings, especially of innocent people like children, who get caught in the middle and become helpless victims,” Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra said.

Army Colonel Maximo Caro of the 303rd Infantry Brigade said the NPA apology would not bring back the lives of the victims. “There is simply no justification that they could offer to legitimize the killing of civilians or destruction of properties,” he said.

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