After a lengthy and wide-ranging even detailed investigation of the Poso Village, La Castellana town ambush launched by the unit of the Leonardo Panaligan, Central Negros Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) more than a year ago which killed and wounded several policemen and resulted in the killing of two civilians who had hitched a ride on a cargo truck, the main Boy Gatmaitan Command bared the results of its probe in a statement made available to members of the Negros media yesterday, generally saying that no massacre happened as claimed by the government, the guerilla army has no criminal liability and therefore, it is not under obligation to provide indemnification to the victims, said the spokesman, Ka Juanito Magbanua.
"There was also no need to set up a special military court by the NPA to tackle the alleged culpability of the squad which carried out the ambush," Ka Juanito Magbanua added. "The charges could well be tackled and was decided upon administratively by the Negros Island Party Committee (NIRPC) and its military arm, the NPA command in the Negros Island front."
In the portion of the lengthy statement, Ka Juanito Magbanua explained that the ambush, therefore, military action by the NPA was against a considered military target and against the state’s armed forces generally.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. administered the oath of office of the newly-appointed SB Member of the Municipality of La Castellana, at the Governor’s Office, yesterday.
Melba S. Tan, 57, replaced her husband, Felipe D. Tan, Jr., who died last February 15 due to myocardial infarction.
Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (3rd from right) administers the oath of office of the newly-appointed SB Member of the Municipality of La Castellana, Melba S. Tan, at the Governor’s Office, yesterday, as Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and La Castellana Vice Mayor Felix L. Feria, IV and her fellow SB Members look on.* (Capitol photo)
Tan was accompanied by her daughter, Mariz Tan and cousin, Maribel Manuel.
Police authorities in La Castellana are in pursuit of the hacienda watchman allegedly involved in the killing of two members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) early morning Tuesday.
Reports identified the victims as Jomar Torecilla, 33, of Brgy. Nayon, San Enrique and Lynmar Fat, 34, of Brgy. Magallon Cadre, EB Magalona who succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds allegedly inflicted by Carlos Apostol, of Calatrava town and watchman of Hacienda Angelita, Brgy. Sag-ang.
Two members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army -Alex Boncayao brigade (RPA-ABB) were shot dead by a hacienda watchman about 2:30 yesterday morning in Hda. Angelita in Brgy. Sag-ang, La Castellana.
Police Sr. Insp. Ruben Pajarito, the town’s PNP chief identified the victims as Joemar Torcita, 33, of Brgy. Nayon, San Enrique and Lenmar Pat, 44, of Magallon Cadre, Moises Padilla.
They sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the head and body, Pajarito disclosed.
Two alleged masked robbers entered a house in Brgy. Guiljungan in Cauayan about 11AM, Friday.
Investigation report said Merly Bolandres, 32, of Sitio Pitogo, Brgy. Guijungan told police that two unidentified persons donned with mask entered their house, declared hold up and took her P21,000 cash and immediately fled the scene.
We remember exactly 1 year now (January 27, 2013) since the infamous La Castellana massacre perpetrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) that claimed the lives of 9 people killed in an ambush by some 20 rebels in Brgy Puso, La Castellana, Occidental from a fiesta.
Since the condemnation rally staged by the community right after the crime, influx of assistance and various interventions to thevictims’ families, including wounded ones, were provided in the form of justice, economic assistance, security, trauma healing, rally support and relationship building from various government, non-government organizations and peace advocates
The brother of a barangay tanod in La Castellana was found dead about 12:35AM, Saturday.
Clemico Pales, 44, of Brgy. Puso told police that his younger brother, Nico Pales was discovered 50 meters away from the village proper with gunshot wounds on the right side of his body.
Follow-up investigation by La Castellana Police is undergoing.
Meanwhile, a body was discovered about 6:30AM also last Saturday at Hacienda San Ramon in Brgy. Manalad, Ilog.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) reported six persons hurt in separate vehicular accidents Saturday.
Over Don Salvador Benedicto, an Isuzu truck with plate number RLW 551 driven by Rodolfo Nobleza fell off the cliff, about 15 feet below at Purok Talos, Brgy. Igmayaan hurting his companion, Hernani Regalado.
Investigation said the truck which hauls diesel products was negotiating a sharp curve from East to West between Kilometer 41 and 42 when the brake malfunctioned. It added that the driver avoided a group of children beside the road, hit the stock pile and fell off the cliff.
Add "wild" to your mall-going experience this weekend!
SM City Bacolod, in partnership with DENR, Eltoro Zoo de la Castellana and Metro Safari Resort opens REPTILIA MANIA this Friday, presenting an exotic collection of unusual pets, including geckos, iguanas, monitor lizards, saltwater crocodiles, varieties of frogs and turtles, snakes, spiders, scorpions and other large insects.
To make the experience more memorable, lion and tiger cubs and other felines from the wild cat group will also be showcased at the jungle-themed event.
A policeman who went absent without official leave (AWOL) was shot dead at Bulubito-on Beach in Barangay Miranda, Hinigaran past 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
Sr. Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (Noppo) last night identified the victim as SPO1 Rex De los Reyes who used to be assigned in Iloilo.
Lirazan said the suspects fled on board a red Nissan Escapade van which was later cornered in Barangay Camandag in La Castellana by pursuing Pontevedra and La Castellana cops.