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PIA Press Release
2009/06/26

NSA Gonzales condemns killing of PDSP leader

Davao City (26 June) -- National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales yesterday condemned the killing of the second highest officer of his party, Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas general secretary Danilo Yang, by unknown assassins in Laguna Wednesday night.

Yang, also a Laguna provincial board member, was killed with two of his aides in Brgy. San Juan Bautista, San Pablo City, when five unidentified men ambushed them during a program in celebraton of the barangay fiesta. A fourth companion of the victims was wounded.

Gonzales noted that Yang was warned by army intelligence about two weeks ago of possible attempts on his life by the New People's Army.

The PDSP leader had been in the order of battle of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA since 2004 because of his vital position in the party and its efforts to educate communities on the true character and modus operandi of the communist group.

The national security chief observed that there have been a rising number of political killings like Yang's.

Gonzales appealed to all democratic political parties and other democratic organizations in the country to join the PDSP in its fight against terrorism of all types and against politicians' collusion with terrorist communists.

Gonzales described Yang as one of the pillars of this fight. "He has been very active in exposing the terrorist character of the CPP-NPA. He is certainly a great loss not only to the PDSP but also to this cause," he said.

Yang, a PDSP community organizer and political officer since his youth, rose to become a board member of Laguna in 2007 after topping the election for the councilors of San Pablo City and later the provincial league of all city and municipal councilors.

Killed with Yang were PDSP members Manolo Barcenas (Brgy. Chair of Brgy. Santiago 2, San Pablo City) and Brando de los Santos (security staff). (NSA/PIA XI) [top]

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