Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Pro­le­tar­ian Army-ABB leader killed by ‘rebels’

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SUS­PECTED mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) gunned down a com­man­der of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Pro­le­tar­ian Army-Alex Bon­cayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) at cross­ing Lambo in Barangay Lo­cotan, Ka­bankalan City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Satur­day morn­ing.

Killed was Jo­vanie Banista, 50, a sixth dis­trict com­man­der of RPA-ABB based in the said vil­lage.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Rhea San­tos, city po­lice chief, said Banista was on board a mo­tor­cy­cle on his way home from Barangay Ban­tayan around 10 a.m. when about 12 armed men am­bushed him. He suc­cumbed to mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.

Re­cov­ered from the scene were fired bul­lets of M16 and AK 47 firearms.

In Au­gust 2014, Banista was se­ri­ously wounded when he was also am­bushed by the same as­sailants at Purok Cubay in the same vil­lage.

On July 8, a com­man­der of RPA-ABB was also shot to death by nine uniden­ti­fied men at Si­tio Ag­bal­asyang, Barangay Bago, Sal­vador Bene­dicto.

The fa­tal­ity was iden­ti­fied as Char­lie Buli-Buli, 35, of the said barangay.

He was on his way to his farm, along with his 14-yearold nephew, when the gunmen blocked their way and fired at him. His nephew was threat­ened at gun­point but was un­harmed.

Thir­teen fired bul­lets of M16 ri­fle, two car­tridges of M203, and a car­tridge of .9mm cal­iber were re­cov­ered.

Po­lice be­lieved the per­pe­tra­tors could be from an armed group in the area, or could be com­mu­nist rebels.

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