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NPA massacres a family, 2 killed, wounding another

By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
March 24, 2010

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City, Samar  –  Two lives were vehemently taken as another one in a critical condition after the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) massacred a family in Brgy. Bag-otan, Matuguinao, Samar Sunday morning.


Mylene dela Cruz, 20, who suffered gunshot wound at her left leg during the massacre, is now confined at the Samar Provincial Hospital.

The victims were reportedly identified as Doming and Junie dela Cruz, 50 and 22 years old respectively who suffered gunshots all over their body that caused their instant death while Mylene dela Cruz who were rushed to Poblacion Matuguinao for medication.

Based on the initial investigation, the victims while sleeping in their rest hut somewhere in their farm were perturbed by the successive fires from high caliber fire arms of four (4) unidentified members of notorious NPA led by Artemio dela Cruz alias Ato who were wearing bonnet.

The 83rd Division Reconnaissance Company of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division immediately sent out troops to augment the PNP in pursuing the perpetrators.

Major General Arthur I. Tabaquero, 8ID’s commander said that the act can only be done by the Godless and evil people and should pay not only to the people’s law but more so to the Divine Law of God.

The 8ID strongly condemns in the strongest possible terms this newest inhumane act of the terrorist NPA.

Different sector of localities that legitimately look after the respect for human rights also condemn such evil works.

It can be recalled that in early February, an innocent farmer known as Arman Diaz of Brgy. Madoroto of same municipality was also mercilessly slain by the terrorist in front of his children and wife and afterwards dragged and exhibited at the center of barangay plaza.

On March 15, a certain Luis Durico, Chairman of brgy. Genaronagan, Lope de Vega in Northern Samar was also brutally slaughtered by the terrorist with his body also dragged and brought at the center of barangay and beheaded in front of family and constituents.

These animalistic acts of NPA in terrorizing the civilian to solicit support are already well known tricks that are being used long before time.

History speaks that countless violation of human rights were recorded but as if the progressive party-lists and cause oriented groups who are shouting for a genuine human rights were voiceless and effortless.

This is a serious matter that Karapatan, Katungod-SB, Sagupa-SB, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakbayan and allies must look into.  Where are they now? Aren’t they going to condemn this unpardonable act that the NPA has recently committed?

The victim’s families are crying for justice, that if ever such justice will prevail, the lives that were taken by the terrorists can no longer be retrieved.