An­other wit­ness over Moises Padilla NPA killings sur­faces

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

AN­OTHER wit­ness to the killings al­legedly per­pe­trated by New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) in­sur­gents in Moises Padilla has sur­faced and again ac­cused two lo­cal town of­fi­cials of al­legedly play­ing a part in the mur­ders.

27-year-old Rene Boy Ang­cona, a res­i­dent Barangay Odiong in the said town came to Bacolod City on Tues­day in or­der to file his af­fi­davit, be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) to ask for as­sis­tance.

Ang­cona is al­ready the fourth wit­ness to the al­leged NPA killings in the town.

Based on his af­fi­davit, he claimed he served as a mem­ber of the town’s Civil Se­cu­rity Group (CSG) from June to Septem­ber of 2017 and also be­came a barangay tanod un­til June 30 of this year.

On the evening of April 9, 2018 as he was rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle he re­ceived a phone call from Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 No­bel Per­ante in­form­ing him that the CSG’S head, for­mer army sergeant Joer­ito Amable was shot dead in the neigh­bor­ing town of Is­abela, who was then at­tend­ing the wake of his brother-in-law.

He said he was instructed by Per­ante to go to the CSG San Ben­ito bar­racks to check as to who ac­com­pa­nied Amable to the wake. Upon ar­rival he claimed he saw four CSG mem­bers iden­ti­fied as Ar­chon Prado, Jezrel Prado, Eric Flores, and Ed­mar Flores talk­ing to each other.

As he was walk­ing two me­ters away from the four, he claimed that he over­heard Flores say­ing they pulled out at the same time when Amable was shot.

He then over­heard Jezrel talk­ing to Eric stat­ing that he has al­ready in­formed then-town coun­cilor Ian Vil­laflor that the “pig,” re­fer­ring to Amable, is al­ready dead.

Ang­cona then claimed that he learned later on that the two Flores were the ones who vol­un­teered to ac­com­pany Amable to Is­abela.

Ang­cona then re­joined PO3 Per­ante on the crime scene and saw Amable along with two other vic­tims iden­ti­fied as Ale­jan­dro Bor­res II and Fed­erico Bitgue III dead on the spot.

He also saw two other vic­tims a 10-year-old boy, and a teacher Alquin Gen­terola, Jr., wounded and await­ing for trans­port to the hos­pi­tal.

Ang­cona said he later an­a­lyzed the rea­son why the two Flores vol­un­teered and that is to closely mon­i­tor Amable’s route and move­ments and de­ter­mine the ex­act time to kill him.

He said it was when Amable po­si­tioned him­self along the high­way, plac­ing him­self as a vul­ner­a­ble tar­get that ei­ther of the two Flores se­cretly in­formed Ar­chon Prado that Amable was in the right place and an easy tar­get.

Both Flores were then in­formed to pull out from the area, even though they were sup­posed to stay with Amable.

He be­lieves Ar­chon Prado then gave the go sig­nal to the NPA’S Spe­cial Par­ti­san Unit (SPARU) headed by Lorenzo Ferolino to im­ple­ment the as­sas­si­na­tion.

20 days af­ter the in­ci­dent, Ang­cona learned that the two Pra­dos and the two Flores are no longer work­ing in the CSG, with both Flores be­ing hired as personal se­cu­rity aides by Vil­laflor, while both Prado ac­com­pa­nied then town Vice Mayor Ella Gar­ci­ayulo also as se­cu­rity aides.

Fol­low­ing the 2019 elec­tions when Garcia-yulo and Vil­laflor won the may­oralty and vice may­oralty race re­spec­tively, he be­came alarmed af­ter hear­ing from re­li­able sources that a town coun­cilor and an NPA com­man­der, have joined forces in hunt­ing down peo­ple who did not go with them be­fore and dur­ing elec­tions by way of liq­ui­da­tion us­ing the SPARU unit.

He claimed that on May 17, 2019 he saw the armed goons al­legedly work­ing on be­half of Garcia-yulo at the back of their home look­ing for him. He be­lieved the goons were there to ei­ther in­tim­i­date or scare him in or­der to stop him from dis­clos­ing what he knew about Amable’s murder.

He fur­ther added that he is cur­rently in the SPARU’S list for liq­ui­da­tion and he has de­cided to come out in or­der to seek as­sis­tance from the au­thor­i­ties.

Ear­lier, for­mer NPA rebel Noli Garin­ngo sub­mit­ted his own af­fi­davit be­fore the CIDG claim­ing Garcia-yulo and Vil­laflor’s links to the in­sur­gent group.

The murder com­plaint filed against Garcia-yulo and Vil­laflor based on ear­lier af­fi­davits filed by Jully Opiar and Robert Sua­log were ear­lier dis­missed on the pros­e­cu­to­rial level, al­though they can be re­filed.

Both Garcia-yulo and Vil­laflor has been deny­ing the al­le­ga­tions.*

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