Army condemns NPA killings in Escalante City

BACOLOD CITY, April 2 (PNA)–The commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, on Tuesday slammed the New People’s Army for shooting to death a police officer and a civilian asset in Escalante City Monday night.

“The killing made by the NPA is a worst form of tactical offensive. It was done with treachery and goes to show how heartless they are,” said Major General Jose Mabanta Jr. in a statement.

“They have not achieved anything from what they have done other than make people aware that they no longer have their principles and ideals and are mere criminals and bandits,” he added.

On behalf of the 3rd ID, Mabanta expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families of slain PO1 Bejen Tanguan of Regional Public Safety Battalion and Joseph Lotrago, a former member of Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unity (CAFGU).

Initial investigation disclosed that Lutrago and Tanguan were on board a XLR 200 motorcyle towards the city’s public market when they were gunned down by eight rebels. (PNA)


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