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PRO2 condemns CTGs “agaw-armas” against member of PNP Isabela and the killing of PENRO Employee

 CAMP MARCELO A ADDURU, TUGUEGARAO CITY- Police Regional Office 2 condemns the atrocities perpetrated by the New People’s Army (Agaw-Armas) against Five (5) members of PNP Isabela and the killing of member of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Isabela Environment Protection Task Force on July 5, 2019 in Ilagan City, Isabela.

 PRO2 Regional Director PBGEN JOSE MARIO M ESPINO condemns in the strongest term possible the atrocities made by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) against members of PNP Isabela namely PCpl Gaudencio Castillo Jr y Orcales and PCpl Earl Brian Gannaban y Alinio, PNP members, both assigned at Cauayan City PS; PSSg Fernando Capillian y Lim, PNP member assigned at Cordon PS; PMSg Julius Baribad y Dela Cruz and PCPL Bryan Q Balisi, PNP members both assigned at Divilacan PS.

 Investigation disclosed that at about 7:30 AM of same date in Sitio Lagis, Purok 7, Brgy. Sindun Bayabo, City of Ilagan, Isabela victims PCPL Castillo, PCPL Gannaban and PSSG Capillian boarded on a pick-up while traversing Ilagan-Divilacan road going to Divilacan and upon reaching the place of incident, the victims were accosted by more or less 25 fully armed members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) headed by Ka Uno and Ka Damian and took their issued short firearms, handheld radios, money and other personal belongings. Likewise, at about 8:00 AM of same date, same suspects accosted PMSg Baribad and PCpl Balisi and also took their issued short firearms. During investigation, the victims identified one of the suspects as ka Uno, Sec of Southern Front and a female member of CTG identified as Valencia through photographs.

 Meanwhile, at about 2:45 PM of same date, concerned citizen reported at the established PNP checkpoint located at Brgy. Sindun Bayabo, City of Ilagan, Isabela that a member of the PENRO-Isabela Environment Protection Task Force was found dead inside their task force office. The victim was identified as Celso Asuncion y Baroga, 58 years old, married, member of Isabela Environment Protection Task Force and a resident of Brgy. Cabisera 10, City of Ilagan, Isabela. Based on the follow-up investigation, the police found out that the suspects involve in the “agaw armas” against members of PNP Isabela wer also responsible in the killing of the victim (Celso Asuncion).

 RD ESPINO directed the Provincial Director of Isabela PPO to conduct thorough investigation and alerted all police stations to conduct checkpoints for the possible apprehension of the suspects. “The attack against the members of PNP Isabela and the killing of PENRO Employee is a manifestation of the NPA’s crooked principle and ideologies which are contrary of what they are trying to portray to the public as champion of social justice”, he added.