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Son of slain Catbalogan farmer identifies captured NPA Amazons among his father’s killers

Quezon City (17 October) -- The son of Margarito G. Curiano, coconut farmer of Sitio Sto. Nino, Barangay San Andres, Catbalogan, Samar who was murdered by the NPA on August 25, 2006 identified two captured NPA amazons as part of the hit squad that gunned down in cold blood his father.

Jerito Curiano y Jabon said in his sworn statement that the hit squad composed of Melito Pajares @ Ador, Mato, Placer, and Rodel Labitas @ Rodel accosted them while on their way to their small coconut farm. They were armed with baby Armalite rifles and a .45 cal. pistol. The two amazons whom he identified later on were Erma Labong @ Jessa/Queen/Lisa and Aileen Romana wife of Melito Pajares @ Ador. She served as a lookout while the other amazon was the one who aimed her .45 at him.

After talking to his father for a few minutes, Ador and Rodel shot him on the face and in the stomach causing his instantaneous death.

“On October 6, 2006, the police informed me about the surrender of three NPA amazons to the 34th IB I had positively identified the two amazons mentioned earlier to be among the assailants of my father,” Jerito said in his affidavit.

Meanwhile, the capture of Leopoldo Caluza, secretary general of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Party Committee and head of the NPA in Central Luzon in late 1990s, solved the abduction and murder of a 19-year old student in 2002. At the time of her abduction by Caluza’s group, Kathlyn was an LFS activist at the Central Luzon State University. The leaders of the New People’s Army including Caluza suspected Kathlyn to be a military agent because one of her relatives is a soldier.

Kathlyn was last seen on October 13, 2002. According to her mother, she told her that she was going to meet some persons at the CLSU campus in Munoz. Years later, a rebel returnee led the police to the upland village of Kaliwanagan in San Jose City last week where her remains were dug out.

“Task Force Usig” said more rebel returnees are coming forward to expose the hinterland areas where NPA murder victims are buried in unmarked shallow graves.”

“The exposes being made by these former Communist terrorists belie the propaganda of KARAPATAN, CPP’S human rights front organization, that the NPA under the leadership of the Party has not engaged in massive human rights violations in the countryside.”

“The dug up remains of victims of bloody purges run counter to the CPP claims that it is an advocate of democracy and freedom. Any one who is a CPP/NPA/NDF member or officer knew that once he becomes a subject of brutal backbiting of his own comrades, his life is already in grievous danger especially if the intrigue made is connected with having a relative in the military and the police.”

“There is no due process in this so-called “revolution”. Indeed the revolution is not a dinner party, it is a bloody struggle where one class subjugate another class in a bloody manner. Those who were unjustly eliminated thru the CPP/NPA’S due process of bloody purges came to know the reality of this statement of Mao Zedong too late. Their lives like that of Kathlyn have already been snapped out without due process and without the benefit of defending herself in a regular court unlike in the kind of system that the insurgents are trying to destroy,” said Task Force Usig.

“The Central Luzon Regional Party Committee is reported to have caused the downfall of Caluza to save it from any further propaganda fall out as a result of one of the most inhuman murders of a genuine revolutionary named KATHLYN,” concluded TFU. (PIA) [top]

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