Cagayan guv condemns killing of Baggao councilor

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- Cagayan Governor Manuel N. Mamba on Sunday condemned the killing of Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member Angelo Buridek Luis of the municipality of Baggao by New People's Army (NPA) rebels.

Mamba said the killing was disguised as an act of patriotism pursuant to communist ideologies and is nothing but plain and simple terrorism.

"Our leaders should not cower in fear or be coerced to submit to the whimsical and capricious demands of these insurgent groups," Mamba said in a statement.

"We share the grief of the family of SB Buridik, offering them our condolences and prayers for the eternal repose of his soul and for comfort in their bereavement," he added.

The governor called on authorities to conduct a thorough and speedy investigation to bring the perpetrators to justiice.

He also urged Cagayanos to support the government's efforts to fight insurgency in the province.

Luis was killed by the NPA's Henry Abraham Command in East Cagayan in his home at Barangay Awallan, Baggao at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Investigation is still ongoing to determine the motive of the killing.

Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, Northern Luzon Command spokesperson, said the suspects, whom witnesses said are 30 in number, reportedly belong to the NPA's Abraham Command operating in Eastern Cagayan.

Reports said four of the rebels forcibly made their way inside Luis' house and shot him dead while the others positioned themselves strategically to avoid being surprised by security troops.

The NPA members also carted away four firearms belonging to the Luis family before fleeing towards the direction of Sitio Kagurongan where they scattered propaganda leaflets.

Source: Philippine News Agency