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PIA Press Release
2007/11/07

Barangay chairman in San Mariano, Isabela falls prey to NPA "extra-judicial killing"

Camp Melchor dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela (7 November) -- The Chairman of Barangay Dibuluan in San Mariano, Isabela, who is also a volunteer CAFGU and a former rebel returnee, fell prey to extra judicial killing carried out by the New Peple's Army (NPA) last October 31.

The victim, identified as CAA Nicolas Collado, who was elected Chairman for three consecutive terms in Barangay Dibuluan, was on his way back to his barangay when he was waylaid by NPA rebels along Sitio Culdoroy of the said village at about 4:00PM that day. He incurred three gunshot wounds, two in his chest and in his thigh. His caliber.45 pistol was taken away by the suspects.

CAA Collado is legendary among the people of Dibuluan. He was lured to join the CPP/NPA at a tender age of 15. His inate qualities to help other people gained the trust of the organization and later made him a cadre. Based on the official records of his Debriefing Report after his surrender, he said the NPA organization took advantage of the people's ignorance to entice them into joining the insurgents. But after years of misery inside the organization, he realized that all the promises of the CPP/NPA of freeing them from poverty and oppression were all empty and untrue. This became the main reason why he decided to leave the organization and return to the mainstream of society.

He was overly disheartened for joining the Communist movement so after his surrender, he became completely cooperative and aggressively participated in the anti-insurgency campaign of the military. In 1990s, he volunteered to serve as guide to the operating troops and became instrumental for some tactical victories against the communist terrorists. Because of his significant contributions in neutralizing the enemies of the state, he earned the ire of the communist terrorists and marked him on their liquidation list.

On 1995, he was abducted by CPP/NPA at Sitio Villa Miranda together with a certain Juan Oliva. They were detained separately on small makeshift wooden cages designed for them to only squat or sit not having enough space for them to lie down. From that dreadful cell, they were made to eat, sleep, urinate and stool. They were beaten, tortured and were not given enough food and water.

But that did not stop CAA Collado. His determination enabled him to escape one night when the enemy guard was asleep. He managed to hide a sharp object and used it to cut through the crude wooden cage to free himself and Oliva. When he saw he opportunity, he grabbed an M16 rifle before they ran through the woods. When they reached their village, the people were happy to see them once again. CAA Collado turned over the rifle to the 21st Infantry Battalion afterwards.

That incident made him number one on the enemy hit list.

That same year, he filed for candidacy and was unanimously elected as Chairman of Barangay Dibuluan. He courageously led the mobilization of the people in unison against the CPP/NPA/NDF.

On 2001, he volunteered and became a member of the 23rd Special CAFGU Active Auxiliary (SCAA). This made it harder for the NPAs to do him harm. Several attempts to his life were carried out but CAA Collado was well-trained to slip past them.

On October 31, in a grave desperate attempt to neutralize him, the communist terrorists ambushed and assassinated him. Investigations reveal that CAA Collado tried to defend himself but he was outnumbered and overpowered by his perpetrators. CAA Collado left a wife and four children.

The communist terrorists immediately announced their propaganda full of illusions against the victim in an effort to justify their dreadful act, which is basically extra judicial in nature. Their statement revealed that CAA Collado was allegedly found guilty for crimes against their "Hukumang Bayan," which is known to all as kangaroo court. The image of these kangaroo courts are stained with the blood of the victims in the hundreds of mass graves found through out the country.

There is only one government in the Philippines, and the communist terrorists should stop hallucinating; calling theirs a government wherein justice is decided under kangaroo courts, and is ruled out by savages and terrorists.

The people of Dibuluan condemn the extra judicial killings of the communist terrorists. They are ardently praying for the perpetrators to be immediately brought to justice.

Maj. Gen. Melchor J. Dilodilo, the Commander of the 5ID, expressed his sympathy to the bereaved families, relatives and friends of CAA Collado. The 5ID also recognizes his selfless sacrifice and unending commitment to public service. (5ID-PA) [top]

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