PRO 2 slams NPA atrocities in Cagayan Valley

CAMP MARCELO A ADDURU, Tuguegarao City — The head of the regional police office here condemned the series of atrocities allegedly perpetrated by the Henry Abraham Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the municipalities of Buguey and Sta. Teresita in Cagayan province over the weekend.

Chief Superintendent Robert Quenery said the violent activities of the rebels hinder development in the region.

“We denounce these atrocities perpetrated by the NPA for hampering development and growth in the region. The threats and intimidation of the NPA to our barangay (village) officials who are performing peacekeeping operations had adverse effect to the development of the community,” Quenery said.

He said at around 5:20 a.m. on October 7, a group of 50 suspected NPAs wearing Army uniform called the presence of the village officials of Barangay Villa Cielo, Buguey, Cagayan. After gathering the barangay officials, the rebels introduced themselves as members of the NPA.

At around 6:40 a.m. of the same day, around 50 alleged communist rebels, armed with high-powered firearms, burned and destroyed one dump truck and one backhoe owned by Danilo Tamayo Jr. of the DATAJ Aquafarm, Inc. and a backhoe owned by architect Rodolfo Tibuc Jr. at Sitio Karayatan, Barangay Dungeg in Sta Teresita.

Initial investigation showed the group arrived at the kiosk barracks of the security guards and took the caliber .45 firearm of one of the guards and instructed them to leave the area.

Pursuit operations are ongoing to apprehend the suspected rebels.