A former member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was assassinated allegedly by his former comrades in Matuguinao, Samar on Monday, September 28.
The victim was identified as Carlos B Diaz, 50, who was shot several times on his head and different parts of his body by eight assailants while working at his farm in Barangay Nagpapacao, Matuguinao, Samar.
It was learned that Diaz has been living peacefully with his family as a farmer after he surrendered last August 2018 when he was attacked around 7:30 in the morning.
Major General Pio Q. Dinoso, III, the 8th Infantry Division Commander, denounced the NPA for killing one of their former comrades who returned to the folds of law.
He said that the government forces will do everything in order to give justice to former New People’s Army (NPA) rebel who was mercilessly killed by their comrades.
“We will make the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) and their supporters accountable for the actions of their members who deprived their former NPA members to live peacefully with their loved ones,” Diñoso said.
He also calling on the Commission on Human Rights and self-declared human rights advocates like Karapatan Eastern Visayas chapter to condemn and take action for the lives of the victims who were mercilessly murdered.
Meanwhile, the Commanding Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Jasper Justito M Pecson said this year about 5 former rebels were abducted and murdered while many civilians were victims of their enormity.
“The New People’s Army is doing atrocities in order to instill fear among their former members and supporters and even kill people in the communities who contradict their propaganda,” Pecson said.
“Terrorist groups like the CNTs usually take advantage of the youth and locals who are living in isolated and depressed areas are highly vulnerable to false ideologies. But as the victims realize that they are just being used for the benefit of the communist organization, these rebel members and supporters can no longer get out of the group. Instead of allowing their comrades to enjoy peace and new life with their families, the Communist-NPA torture and brutally murder them, leaving them with no choice but to stay in the terrorist organization,” Pecson added.