Tuesday, January 10, 2012

NPA rebels face murder raps over Antique ambush

ANTIQUE, Philippines – Charges of murder and frustrated murder were filed against nine New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who were allegedly involved in an ambush in San Remigio town here that killed a soldier and militiamen recently.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) in San Remigio and relatives of the victims filed the cases at Antique Provincial Prosecutor's Office against the suspects who, according to the victims’ relatives, frequently visited their barangay before the ambush.

Killed in the ambush in Barangay Panpanan last December 9 were Cpl. Absalon Labitan and two militiamen identified as Julie Juayang and Vivencio Mutha.

According to the complainants, the NPA rebels had been visiting their barangay in the past six months prior to the ambush, convincing the militiamen members to resign and live peacefully as civilians.

The identities of the accused in the murder and frustrated murder cases were withheld.

The PNP has vowed to arrest the suspects once the court issues warrants of arrest.
 January 09, 2012 01:17 PM

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