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PIA Press Release
2006/09/08

PNP Region 8 meets PGMA directive to solve extra judicial killings

Tacloban City (September 8) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is the first to meet President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's directive to solve the extra judicial killings in the country.

This was revealed by Col. Cleve Taboso during the interview at the Panindugan CATV program of PIA. He said that on September first the Philippine National Police in the Region arrested the suspect in the alleged political killing of a certain Mesias, a Bayan Muna member in Kananga, Leyte.

Col. Taboso informed that a certain Omar Sabaclayan confessed to the killing of the Bayan Muna member with personal grudge as the motive contrary to the allegations that Mesias is a victim of extra jucidicial killings.

Col. Taboso said that the Task Force USIG in the Region already has good leads in the alleged political killings in Tacloban City and in Eastern Samar. He, however, opted not to elaborate until such time that the leads have been verified.

With the Executive Order 546, Col. Taboso said that the PNP and the military have become partners not only in ensuring peace and order but also in the fight against insurgency and crimes in the Region.

Col. Taboso called on the public to cooperate with the PNP and the military for the easy resolution of the political or extrajudicial killings in the Region. He said that as one who is really committed and dedicated to his profession, he is also hurt when every killing and crime is being blamed on the military and the police. The worst, he said, is that these killings are being blamed on the President of the Philippines.

He is glad however, that time and again, the uniformed men are being absolved as the cases being blamed to them are proven to be not their making. He gave as an example the case of Bayan Muna member Mesias whose death was blamed on the PNP and military. The arrest of Saclayan is a vindication the the men in uniform, Col. Taboso said.

He also mentioned that the gravesite discovered on top of a mountain in the far flung area of Inopacan, Leyte , is a revelation of the true colors of the communist rebels. The former members are the ones saying what they themselves did to the victims and yet the communist rebel are again pinpointing on the uniformed men as the culprits. It is indeed a psychological warfare, he said. What is important is for the Filipinos to stop fighting and help one another so that the country can really move forward, he concluded. (PIA 8) [top]

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