KIN OF NEGOCC WATCHMAN SLAIN BY NPA GETS AID
Supt. Jonel Guadalupe (right), chief of Kabankalan City Police Station, and Vincent Parra, investigator of Commission on Human Rights-Negros Occidental, were among those present during the dialogue on Feb. 14, 2019 seeking to initiate a justice process for NPA murder victim Cornilio Morales and his family. (Photo courtesy of 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army)
BACOLOD CITY -- Government and other sectors have come together to assist the family of a village watchman in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental who was killed by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels last month.
The Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade said in a report over the weekend that representatives from the city government, concerned government agencies, security forces, and religious sector held a dialogue in Kabankalan City session hall on Thursday afternoon to initiate a justice process for the victim, Cornilio Morales, and his family.
Morales, a resident of Sitio Camandag, Barangay Carol-an, was gunned down by one of the six rebels who assaulted him in front of his daughter and their neighbors on January 29.
Lt. Col. Egberto Dacoscos, commanding officer of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, said he enjoins the community to help the family of Morales attain justice.
“Report to us any information of NPA presence in your areas,” he said.
Supt. Jonel Guadalupe, chief of Kabankalan City Police Station, said murder charges have been filed against the perpetrators identified by eyewitnesses as members of NPA.
Vincent Parra, investigator of the Commission on Human Rights-Negros Occidental, said they are conducting an investigation on Morales' case.
Also present during the dialogue were Maj. Udgie Villan, acting commanding officer of 3rd the Civil Military Operations Battalion; Rev. Fr. Ivan Cantor, parish priest of Our Lady of Candles, representing the Diocese of Kabankalan Social Action Center; City Administrator Sixto Garaygay; Carol-an village chief Jucerel Paculanang; Jay Bolivar of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples; Cyril Ramos of the City Social Welfare and Development; and a representative of the Department of Interior and Local Government-Kabankalan City.
Earlier, the Philippine Army condemned the killing of Morales, which Dacoscos called a "barbaric act" against an unarmed civilian.
According to military report, six communist rebels seized Morales while he was in a waiting shed with his daughter and other village residents.
The rest were told to lie on their bellies.
One of the rebels, who looked like a minor, shouted, “Pasensya na, napag-utusan lang” (Sorry, just following orders), then shot Morales, the report added, citing accounts of civilian witnesses.
Both the United States and the European Union declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as a terrorist group. (PNA)