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8ID condemns killing of barangay captain in Hilongos, Leyte

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.