The New People’s Army claimed responsibility for the assassination of a newly elected village councilman in Cabadbaran City, in Agusan del Norte province on Wednesday.
The NPA said Edgar Rosal Panisan, 40, councilor of Barangay Mahaba, who was shot dead while watching an event during a fiesta celebration, was sentenced with execution for a number of alleged “counter-revolutionary activities” he had committed.
Panisan, who was also an active militiaman was allegedly responsible for the turn-over of three former NPAs to the police and had waged psychological war to the broad masses, the rebels claimed.
“He was responsible in the psychological war to the broad masses and his role for the turn-over of three former NPAs to the police,” the NPA said in a statement.
Brig. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, commander of the Army’s 402nd Infantry Brigade based in Butuan City slammed the brutal killing of Panisan, calling it “plain murder and an attack against the people of Barangay Mahaba.”
“The victim was a duly elected official and was serving well his constituents. The NPA should stop this senseless killing and adhere to the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law,” Gacal said. By GD