The New Peoples’ Army (NPA) ordered the execution of one of its members who simply wanted to leave the movement due to hunger and hardships, a former member of the rebel movement said.
A rebel surrenderee, who was simply identified as “Ka Ray” by the Philippine Army unit stationed in Isabela, Negros Occidental, said Randy Garsola was ordered executed by Adidas Acero alias Baldo, an NPA platoon leader, in Barangay La Libertad. Garsola’s body was buried in Barangay Riverside.
“What happened to Garsola is an eye-opener to all NPA members who are still hiding in the mountains. You still have time to change your fate. Come down, return to the folds of the law, and avail government’s integration program to start a normal and productive life together with your family,” said Major General Eric Vinoya, the commander of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division.
He said 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division will provide a decent burial to Garsola, whose remains were unearthed by police and soldiers last December 2.
Ka Ray revealed that Garsola was killed after he expressed his desire to surrender to the government due to extreme hunger and a longing to see his family. Acero didn’t grant the desire of Garsola and ordered his comrades to kill Garsola. SOVEREIGNPH