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Suspected NPA rebels shoot civilian in Samar

Tacloban City (July 21) -- Col. Eduardo del Rosario, commander of the 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade condemned the hapless killing of an innocent civilian in the hands of the communist terrorists on July 9, 2008 at around 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon at Barangay Diit, Matuguinao, Samar.

Col. Reyes tagged the killing as a barbaric act and a gross violation of human rights to live peacefully.

The victim was an innocent civilian identified as Leo Micol of legal age, single and a resident of Barangay Diit, Matuguinao, Western Samar.

Reports stated that the fully armed Communist Terrorists numbering more or less thirty (30), were wearing Battle Dress Attire (BDA) (military uniform) and combat boots, and introduced themselves as military intelligence operatives, when they went to the house of the victim.

Believing that the group was indeed that of a regular Army soldiers, victim Micol went out of his house in order to talk to them.

Unfortunately, the rebels forcibly brought the victim about five hundred meters away from his house and without pity shot him to death.

The victim suffered gunshot wounds in his head and chest that caused his untimely death. The hapless body of the victim was brought by concerned civilians to Brgy Mabuligon, Matuguinao for proper disposition.

Col. Del Rosario said that despite the good intentions of the peace initiative of the government, the communist terrorists have continuously refused to give peace a chance and still resort to violence in their attempt to sow panic and terror among the populace in the furtherance of their extortion activities.

Col. Del Rosario reiterated his call for every citizen to be vigilant and not to be fooled by the sweet lies of the communist terrorists, Lt. Col. Ernesto Simon informed.

Col. Del Rosario also encouraged the people to report to the military, the presence of communist terrorists in their respective areas and to continue to cooperate with the military to stop once and for all the terroristic activities of the communist terrorists. (PIA 8) [top]

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