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PIA Press Release
2010/02/04

Military condemns slaying of farmer in Samar by suspected NPA terrorists

Tacloban City (February 4) -- Major General Arthur Tabaquero, commander of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army denounce the brutal execution of an innocent farmer allegedly by members of the notorious New People's Army (NPA) at Barangay Sta. Cruz, Matuguinao, Samar at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon on February 1.

"This is a clear manifestation that the terrorist NPA are the number one violators of human rights. It is also the reason why the development of this province is stunted and at stake," General Tabaquero said.

The farmer who was identified as Arman Diaz of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Madoroto of Matuguinao town, was allegedly shot to death by five unidentified members of NPA using assorted high powered fire arms while he was in his farm place. Victim suffered gunshot wounds all over his body that caused his instantaneous death.

Lt. Colonel Armand Rico, spokesman of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, said that based on the reports of the Army's 34th Infantry Battalion, the victim was mercilessly slain in front of his children and wife.

After the killing, the dead body of Diaz was allegedly dragged and emplaced at the center of barangay plaza to exhibit with the populace.

The residents disclosed that the victim is known for being hushed and hard-working in upbringing his family members, he had nothing to pay to the underground movement.

The people of Matuguinao particularly the victim's family are calling to the human rights groups especially to the Katungod-Sinirangang Bisayas to give due attention to the barbaric, un-Godly and violent killing perpetrated by the terrorists. They also call on to the Katungod-SB to conduct investigation to give justice to the victim.

"Election Day is fast approaching. This is perhaps one of their means to sow terror to the masses in order to create chaos and destruct the rights of the people to vote and choose a candidate of their choice," Roberto Gacuma a.k.a Ka Huling exposed in most of his interviews.

Ka Huling is a former top rank NPA official of Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) that was captured by the government forces sometime in 2007.

Lt. Colonel Rico informed that the Philippine National Police in Matuguinao is currently conducting investigation in order to give justice to the victim and his bereaved family.

Meanwhile, the 34IB under Lt. Col. Jose B. Gongona immediately conducted hot pursuit and security operations in the area to go after the perpetrators. (PIA 8) [top]

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