NPA executes suspected informer

NAGA CITY — The James Balaquiao Command of the New People’s Army based in the second district of the Camarines Sur has admitted to the killing of one Ramon A. Arias, 43, of Calabanga, Camarines Sur early this month.

In a communication sent to Bicol Mail dated August 6, 2008, Maria Lorena Mendoza, public information officer of the rebel command, said that Arias has been meted to die because of political crimes he committed against the movement and the people.

They accused the victim of being an agent of the Military Intelligence Group 5 of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Arias allegedly spied on the movement to help flush out rebel comrades and sympathizers under the military’s “Oplan Bantay Laya II,” a government campaign aimed at stamping out insurgents in the countryside.

They also accused Arias of being a party to political killings as evidenced by the secret mission orders they allegedly found in his possession when snatched by the armed insurgents.

Such mission orders, according to Mendoza, were signed by Lt. Col. Andrew Castelo, PA group commander, for the months of July-August 2008.

The rebel communication, however, did not state Arias’ actual date of execution and where.

Arias’ wife Melinda had accused the rebels of taking away even the victim’s personal belongings which the rebel command dismissed as lie. “Kinumpiska lamang ng mga kasama ay pawang gamit militar at may kaugnayan sa paniniktik [at] gamit sa kontra-rebolusyaryong gawain nito (the rebels confiscated only the things related to the military and his [Arias’] anti-rebel mission),” the statement signed by Mendoza said.

Confiscated from the alleged military agent were a cal. 45 pistol, a Garand rifle, and clips of ammunitions.

The rebel statement said affected residents were relieved that peace and means of livelihood were restored in their area with Arias no longer around.

The rebels, meanwhile, warned the Calabanga police and the hired AFP paramilitary units from abducting for interrogation minors and innocent civilians in the government’s stepped up war against the rebel movement.

They said such harsh tactics are against the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law where the Philippine government is a signatory.(BicolMail)

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