Army blames death of fish vendor to NPAs

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – The military blamed the death of a fish vendor in a remote Paquibato district here to suspected members of the New People’s Army.

Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division, said that 29-year-old Rannel Parilla was executed by four men believed to be members of the sparrow unit of the communist group reportedly led by Commander Ryan Pitao.

Paniza said that Parilla was only bending fish on Wednesday afternoon outside their house in Barangay malabog, Paquibato along with his wife Edgiely when the suspects without any word shot him several times that caused his instant death.

“The Organized Crime Group-NPA once again showed their true nature as cold-blooded criminals by means of sowing fear by killing innocent civilians, more so a resident who just wants to earn a living to fend his family,” he said in a statement.

He said that joint elements of the Philippine National Police and Philippine Army are now tracking down the four suspects to face the consequences of their actions.

Paniza said that “they should be penalized on this violation as cited in the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) Part 4, article 4, Paragraph 4 which clearly stated that ‘civilian population shall be treated and protected as such and shall be distinguished from combatants, together with their property, shall not be the object of attack’, Human rights watchdogs seems to have been blinded whenever these atrocities happen perpetrated by the criminal group New People’s Army. (ASA)



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