The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns the Duterte regime for perpetrating the massacre of barangay watchmen Edgar Minggoy, Marlon Bajar and Rolly Dela Cruz in Mobo, Masbate last July 5. The massacre is the second perpetrated by police ad military forces in Masbate in less than a month.
The Party condemns the PNP and AFP for its false claims that the three are members of the NPA who were killed in an armed encounter. The police and military units involved in the crime include the PNP-RMFB5, PNP Masbate PIB, PNP–PPO Masbate, PNP-RIU5, 93rd and 95th IB, 9th PNP-SAB, the MOBO MPS, the 1st PNP-Masbate PMFC and the 96th MICO PA.
The barangay watchmen were abducted by military and police agents from their houses in Barangay Bagacay in Mobo town, and Barangay Mapili in Balud on July 4 at midnight. Following their abduction, bursts of gunfire were heard for around one hour along the boundary of barangays Bagacay and Marintoc. The next day, the PNP and AFP declared in their press releases that they encountered a unit of the New People’s Army.
The New People’s Army (NPA)-Masbate has clarified that no encounter took place in the area. There was no NPA unit in the place when the massacre took place.
Earlier on June 17, the police also massacred three farmers, including a minor, in Barangay Mahayahay, Placer, Masbate. The victims were also tagged as NPA members.