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NPAs fired on a former CAFGU, kills a two year-old child instead

April 6, 2015

GANDARA, Samar – A two year old female child was killed by six armed members of the New People’s Army in Barangay Mahanud, Matuguinao, Samar on April 3, 2015 at 8:30 in the morning.

The incident took place when the rebels opened fire at the former CAFGU member long targeted for liquidation by the NPAs. The former CAFGU, who was identified as Mr Jovic Dela Cruz Obiado, 38 years old, a resident of Brgy Mahanud, Matuguinao, Samar was resting inside a waiting shed near the house of a local resident identified as Mr Junie Arandia.

Obiado disclosed that a certain Noynoy Erasga, a known NPA member, together with six other armed men approached him and suddenly fired their rifles towards him. Obiado managed to evade the group and ran to safety as the rebels continued to fire their rifles towards him.

At that point, the owner of the house, Mr Junie Arandia, shouted that his 2 year-old daughter, Disley Arandia who was sleeping inside their house, was fatally hit and was bleeding profusely. Instead of helping Mr Arandia, the NPA perpetrators ran away towards unknown direction.

Obiado reported the incident to the Matuguinao Police Station and the elements of 43rd Infantry Battalion based in the area immediately conducted hot pursuit.

LTC Seigfred C Tubalado, Commanding Officer of 43IB, condemned the barbaric acts done by the NPA. He said that the NPA clearly ignored the CARHRIL in which the CPP/NPA/NDF are signatories thereby killing innocent civilians. Tubalado further said that the barbaric act is a clear violation of Human Rights.

Meanwhile, the parents of the child sought the help of local authorities for justice and vowed to pursue the filing of criminal charges against the perpetrators.