Sunday, July 26, 2015

NPA rebels gun down ex-Army man, military 'informer' in Bicol

CAMP GEN. SIMEON A. OLA, Legazpi City, July 25 (PNA) -- New People's Army (NPA) members shot dead a former member of the Philippine Army who was walking alone on Saturday morning at Purok 4, Barangay Ramay, Oas, Albay.

Victim Pfc. Ramil Oray, 29, was a former member of the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Barangay Tula-Tula Grande, Ligao City and a resident of the village.

An initial police report said the incident happened at about 7 a.m. while Oray was on his way home when the armed rebels blocked his way and gunned him down.

The suspects fled towards the mountainous portion of the village.

The former co-soldiers of Oray immediately responded to the crime scene where authorities recovered empty shells of an M-16 Armalite rifle reportedly used by the rebels.

Police said the rebels suspected the former soldier to be giving information to the the military regarding their activity.

Meanwhile, another group of rebels shot dead a helper in a piggery farm who they suspected to be a military informant on Friday night in Barangay Genorangan, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

Police identified the victim as Mario Verdadero, 45, married, and resident of the village.

A police report said that at about 6:30 p.m., Verdadero was busy with his work in the farm when the suspects arrived, poked guns at him, tied his hands and shot him.

The dissidents casually walked away after the execution.

The police said the NPA suspected Verdadero of being a military asset, giving information to the government forces about their activities in the area, which his relatives have vehemently denied.(PNA) JBP/FGS/EMC/CBD/PJN