NPA terrorizes Lapinig
town, kills the mayor’s security detail and wounds an innocent
By 34th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
Samar – Despite the action taken by the government troops to promote
the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” designed
to encourage peace and development to far flung and depressed
communities, sixty fully-armed members of the New People’s Army (NPA)
under Renato Ribay alyas Bata/Manoy/Rinay and the group of alyas Demet
deliberately attacked the peaceful town of Lapinig, Northern Samar at
6:30 in the evening of January 20, 2012.
reaching this headquarters, the terrorists commandeered one dump truck
owned by Yakal Construction at Sitio Takras, Poblacion del Sur,
Lapinig proceeded towards the northern portion of the town and
established roadblock, laid Improvised Explosive Devise (IED)
landmines at the center of the road and hostage the passing innocent
civilians and motorists and divested them of their belongings. While
some of the CTs went inside the houses, pointed their guns to the
occupants including women and children and forcibly took away their
cellular phones and other valuable belongings.
terrorists (CTs) proceeded to the house of Mayor Romualdo D. Menzon to
abduct the latter. However, they were repulsed by Aurelio Jullata, the
Mayor’s security detail who immediately and bravely engaged them
killing one of the assaulting CTs but due to the latter’s evil
intention, butchered the defending security. Sensing that the Mayor’s
house is heavily defended by the other security details which were
occupying vantage positions, the CTs forcibly entered the residence of
Romeo Senobio Jr which is next to the Mayor’s house, looted his house
and shot him in cold-blood, hitting him in the head and back.
Likewise, they also entered the house of PO3 Rowena Opena, disarmed
her, ransacked her house, and forcibly dragged her outside and mauled
her in full view of her neighbors including children.
Other members of the
attacking CTs went to the Lapinig Municipal Police Station (MPS) and
announced through a megaphone for the Police inside to surrender.
However, the police personnel were already at their defensive
positions and refused to surrender. Sensing that they (the CTs)
already lost the element of surprise and that the civilians were
shouting at them, they hastily left the MPS and withdrew towards
Barangay Imelda of same municipality bringing along with them their
dead and wounded comrades on-board same dump truck and two
It can be recalled
that the use of landmines is explicitly banned by the United Nations
Conventions since most of its casualties were civilians but the
terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) persistently and blatantly employs
landmines thereby severely endangering the lives and limbs of
civilians especially women and children alike.
As of press time,
government troops were scouring the area in order to clear said
municipality from CT remnants and landmines and to protect the people.