CAMP GEN SERVILLANO AQUINO, Tarlac City – With the spate of atrocities recently in the area, the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) condemns the unlawful acts committed by the Communist New People’s Army Terrorist Groups (CNTGs) operating in Northern Luzon.
The most notable incident was the killing of a Catholic priest in Cagayan province, Father Mark Anthony Yuaga Ventura. The 37 year old parish priest of San Isidro Labrador Mission Station was gunned-down by unidentified riding in tandem assailants inside the gymnasium of Brgy Pena Weste, Municipality of Gattaran at 8:00 in the morning of April 29, 2018 (Sunday).
Accordingly, he had just finished his mass and was talking to the people when he was shot in the head and other parts of his body causing his instantaneous death. The perpetrators immediately withdrew to the direction Baggao, a known NPA lair in the province.
In another occasion, a female minor NPA member, alias Ka Trese, surrendered to the military and police authorities in Bontoc, Mt. Province in the midnight of April 28, 2018. She fell victim for three (3) years to the terrorist group’s deception strategy, headed by Commander Joshua in the town of Paracelis, when recruited as a child warrior since 14 years old.
Ka Trese was immediately rushed by the troops to Bontoc General Hospital for treatment upon being seen exhausted and confused, and later collapsed. She later turned-over the subversive documents, cellular phones and ammunitions. Ka Trese also revealed that she was a red fighter of the New People’s Army (NPA), but eventually opted to surrender after experiencing sexual and physical abuses from his comrades from the Leonardo Pacsi Command.
NOLCOM hardly condemns these unlawful and terroristic acts against humanity. These are manifestations of the terrorist group’s disregard to people’s right, as well as the exploitation and abuse of minors. Also, the NPA atrocities and illegal recruitment clearly shows the violation of Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect to Human Rights and International Law (CARHRIL). NOLCOM / MCAG