Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela – The residents and barangay officials of Brgy. Benguet, Echague, Isabela condemned the NPA rebels, who claimed responsibility for the unlawful killing of two (2) soldiers, thru a manifesto, signed last January 31, 2017.
The manifesto states that these Army soldiers took a time to ask for consent to the barangay officials if they could give assistance to the community or the so-called “Community Support Program”. Upon the approval of these officials, the troops of 86IB started to extend assistance and promote peace and order to the said community.
However, the Benito Tesorio Command of the NPA perceived this good deeds as the violation of human rights that made them decide to end the lives of these two (2) innocent and peace-loving soldiers.
According to the local chief executive, Brgy Capt. Guinanoy, this written statement was made to denounce the false declaration of the NPA, that the people of their barangay approved their unjust killing.