Caraga PNP orders probe of killing of former militant group leader

Cruz: The perpetrators must be identified and arrested. PHOTO/ Santiago MPS

The Caraga police has ordered an investigation of the killing of the former chairperson of the Kilusang Mayong Uno (KMU) in Caraga region.

Chief Supt. Gilberto DC Cruz, Caraga police chief, directed investigators to identify and arrest the men involved in the murder of Linus Cubol, whose brutal killing in Santiago, Agusan del Norte last Nov. 27 triggered an outcry against an increasingly hostile environment for former and active members of the militant groups.

“The perpetrators must be identified and arrested,” Cruz said.

Senior Police Officer 1 Gary Gelbolingo, investigator of the Santiago Municipal Police Station, said investigation was ongoing and testimonies of witnesses were being used in the probe.

Two men aboard a motorcycle fired at Cubol, while the latter was tending his furniture shop in Barangay Poblacion at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Cubol was rushed to a hospital but he died of gunshot wounds.

The human rights group Karapatan in Caraga said Cubol received threats to his life before he was killed on Tuesday.

The group has claimed that “state agents” were most likely behind the murder of Cubol.

“Military agents continued to threaten and harass him in his hometown. Just a week before he was killed, intelligence agents of the 29th IBPA interrogated him for his continuous participation in labor and multi-sectoral activities,” the group said in statement. By CLC

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