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Bombings by communist terrorists constitute human rights violation to the fullest - PNP

by Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (20 October) -- Police Supt. Alet Virtucio, chief of Operations Section of the Provincial Police Office here, said the recent bombings perpetrated by terrorists and killings by the Communist Terrorists (CTs) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel as well as civilians including CAFGus showed human rights violations to the fullest.

Col. Virtucio said the most recent violation of human rights that was committed by the CTs happened last September 6, 2006 when three unidentified persons believed to be members of the terrorist dissidents shot to death one Julwar Gantalao y Zerna at SItio Bunacan, Barangay Mandapaton, La Libertad, this province.

Initial investigations revealed that the victim was a military asset and an ex-CAFGU, when he was inside his house the perpetrators shot him and fled away. Elements of La Libertad Police Station proceeded to the area of the incident to conduct a follow-up investigation.

The CPP/NPAs and other threat groups have been restless in spreading fear in the minds of the people who have stood against them or refused to give in to their terorristic activities. Many vital installations and establishments have been damaged and hampered while normal operations of businesses and other economic entities are disrupted.

However, Col. Virtucio said that law enforcers here in the province have been working relentlessly for the possible target of terrorism such as the Buglasan Festival.

Some 150 policemen were separately deployed to daily patrol around Capitol Area.

Meanwhile, Task Force Usig slammed the opposition for riding on the Communist Party’s propaganda line of extrajudicial killings, particularly in the cases of slain Aglipayan Church Bishop Alberto Ramento and parish priest Dionisio Estrada of Tago, Surigao del Sur.

The task force pointed out that the results of the investigations already established that criminal elements are the culprits in the slaying of Ramento and Estrada. (PIA) [top]

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