The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People’s Army (LPC-NPA) Central Negros Front confirms an encounter with the 62nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army but calls out 303rd Brigade Commander BGen. Benedict Arevalo for spreading fake news.
According to the LPC-NPA, the firefight on November 22, 2019 happened around 4:00 in the afternoon at Sitio Iglusong, Barangay Kanlusong, Binalbagan town in Negros Occidental.
“In truth, it was the mercenary military troops who incurred one killed-in-action that they alleged to be an NPA member to cover up their casualty,”
“They (62nd IB) also captured a civilian, Ernesto Amallo, when they ransacked the house of Amallo’s in-laws and presented him as NPA afterwards,” said LPC-NPA spokes JB Regalado.
According to Regalado, the 62nd IB held residents at Sitio Iglusong and Sitio Mahu-paho to stop them from evacuating and confiscated their cellular phones.
“We strongly condemn the atrocities of the terrorist military abusing human rights of civilians and violating the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law,” said Regalado.
The Central Negros Guerrilla Front also cries foul over the inhumane treatment of Amallo who sustained wounds during his capture and was not brought to the nearest hospital within 24 hours of his arrest.
Meanwhile, Regalado in a statement this afternoon also confirmed that troops from the LPC-NPA implemented a police action to arrest and disarm the Village Chief sanctioned by the People’s Democratic Government.
The residence of Barangay Tinongan Captain Eugene “Harley” Zambrona was reported to have been raided on the evening of November 20, 2019.
According to the statement, Zambrona is facing charges of threatening civilians, residents of his barangay, public school teachers, and even lending collectors with his gun.
Zambrona also allegedly arms his barangay tanods causing disturbances in the community and is a protector of illegal drugs.
The LPC-NPA warns Zambrona that it will continue to enforce justice demanded by his victims.
Other Village Chiefs are urged to serve the interest of the people and not make governance a business. ###