BANCASI, Butuan City (DWDD) – A newly elected barangay official was mercilessly killed by the New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorist on Wednesday, May 30 at about 12:45 in the morning at Barangay Mahaba, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.
In an interview by DWDD with Captain Al Anthony B Pueblas, spokesperson of the 402nd Infantry “Stingers” Brigade, that the victim was identified as Edgar Rosal Panisan, 40, was shot to death by members of the Guerilla Front – 21C of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC). Panisan is the first councilor of Brgy Mahaba, Cabadbaran who likewise an active member of CAFGU of the said barangay.
“While serving his constituents during their Brgy fiesta celebration, the victim was shot by the NPA hitting his left chest which caused his instantaneous death”, Cpt Pueblas added.
A witness positively identified the perpetrator as a fulltime NPA member of GF-21C, NEMRC. It can be recalled on April 18, 2018, a pastor named Jepti Acido was killed by the NPA terrorists in Brgy Lahi, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte. The killing had brought the Local Chief Executive and church leaders to condemn the NPA terrorists for violating the CARHRIHL.
“We strongly condemn the CNTs. These terrorist & criminal act is their treacherous way to show their unreasonable cause. An honorable local official being no.1 in the latest brgy council election is a manifestation that indeed Kagawad Panisa is loved by the people. CNTs tell all lies and false accusations. We will ensure that justice will be served. LtCol Gleen Joy Aynera, CO, 29IB said. Meanwhile, BGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal AFP, Commander, 402Bde said that, “This is plain murder and an attack against the people of Brgy Mahaba, Cabadbaran City. The victim was a duly elected official and was serving well his constituents. The NPA should stop this senseless killing and adhere to the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law”. 402IBde / MCAG