killing of barangay captain in Hilongos, Leyte
DPAO, 8ID PA
August 18, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A certain Virigilio Loquias, of legal age and married,
Barangay Captain of Brgy Sto Niño, Hilingos, Leyte, was killed by
three (3) Communist NPA Terrorist (CNTs) while fishing at locally
known as “Pahubas” together with his wife and father-in-law on
August 15, 2019 1:30 p.m.
The said barangay captain
suffered multiple gunshots that caused his instantaneous death.
According to the witnesses, the group of CNTs ordered him to lie on
his stomach and declared judgement to the said victim saying “Dako
kayo ni sala kay mao ni nagpa-raid sa among Kampo” (This person has
a grave offense to our organization as he is the cause that our camp
has been raided).
The killing of barangay
captain Loquias is another proof of desperation of Communist NPA
Terrorists that they resorted in this barbaric act to terrorize the
communities that are no longer supportive to their dying movement.
Maj. Gen. Pio Q Diñoso III
AFP, Commander 8ID, Philippine Army in his statement said that, “The
8ID strongly condemns the murder of Barangay Captain Virgilio
Loquias perpetrated by the members of CPP-NPA Terrorists and a clear
manifestation of gross violation in Human Rights.”
“Your Philippine Army
together with the Philippine National Police will be objective in
its investigation to ensure that justice is served. We extend our
condolences and prayers to the bereaved family in this difficult
time,” Diñoso added.