The Philippine National Police (PNP) is pursuing suspected members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) who allegedly killed five persons in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said on Sunday.
Eleazar assured the bereaved families of the victims that the PNP will exert all efforts to put the perpetrators behind bars.
“Right now, authorities are conducting manhunt operations against the suspects of this crime. We promised to the bereaved families of the victims that justice will be served,” Eleazar said in a statement in Filipino.
He said the entire PNP family is offering condolences to the families of the victims.
“We are getting the statements from the victims’ families and witnesses which will be a big help in identifying the persons behind the killing and solving this case,” he said.
Initial investigation showed that the victims were killed in front of their loved ones inside their respective homes in Barangay Trinidad.
He said the victims were possibly suspected by the NPA as government informants in the clash between the military and the communist terrorists last March 23, in which 10 NPA fighters died.
“At least 10 were killed from the NPA side and this is one of the possible motives of the killings. The NPA might have taken revenge. We have information that two of victims were former NPA supporters. We will look into all possible motives,” he said in Filipino.
Eleazar assured the public that the PNP will always be ready to protect the citizenry, particularly residents of barangays in Guihulngan City, against atrocities by the NPA and other lawless elements.
“We have directed our local police to coordinate with our local government officials to intensify security in barangay and nearby places,” he said in Filipino.
Eleazar said the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are in control of the situation, and the PNP will respond to the appeal of Mayor Carlo Joan Reyes of Guihulngan City to maintain peace and security in the locality. SOVEREIGNPH