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Task Force Usig slams anti-government groups for riding on CPP’s propaganda line on "extra judicial" killings

Quezon City (16 October) -- Task Force Usig yesterday slammed the opposition for riding on the Communist Party’s propaganda line of extra judicial killings, particularly in the cases of slain Aglipayan Church Bishop Alberto Ramento and parish priest Dionisio Estrada of Tago, Surigao del Sur.

The task force pointed out that the results of the investigations already established that criminal elements are the culprits in the slaying of Ramento and Estrada.

“Despite the establishment of factual results of (the task force’s) investigations, these reactionary political oppositionists insist on towing the CPP’S propaganda line. In doing so, they accord themselves a free ride to media exposure onward to their future ambitions for an elective position,” the task force pointed out.

The task force added that Black and White Movement convenor Antonio Soriano seem to have found common cause with the disgruntled political misfits, rejected social misfits, the power-seekers and the communist who advocate revolution at the expense of the lives of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.

The task force said further investigation showed that Estrada was involved in controversial issues with other members of the church while still an Aglipayan priest before he bolted the church to form his own sectarian organization.

Ma. Consuelo Bequibel, secretary of the IGLESIA FILIPINA INDEPENDIENTE Parish of Saint Joseph SBM, Pili Drive, Butuan City, issued a certification on October 11, 2006, denying that Dionisio “Ging-ging” Estrada was a priest or even a member of the Aglipayan church.

“The denial should be sufficient to prevent this case from being used as a propaganda fodder of the militant allies and fronts of the CPP. The killing of Dionisio Estrada was not related to any political issue whether rightist or leftist,” the task force said. Task Force Usig said the gunmen have already been identified and are now the subject of a manhunt by the police. Appropriate criminal charges are now being readied in court. (PIA) [top]

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