"I STRONGLY condemn the murders of Randy Rociana and Joelito Hilacio which are blatant violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). The Communists NPA Terrorists are not supposed to kill anybody for whatever reason in that barbaric manner," said Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander.
"Such savagely cruel acts are proof that the CPP-NPA do not respect human rights and are indeed terrorists. These heinous murders should be stopped now. I enjoin the people, the LGUs and stakeholders to condemn these killings of innocent people. I also challenge Karapatan, who had been very silent about human rights violations of the NPAs to condemn such terroristic acts if they are not bogus human rights advocates," Pasaporte added.
Pasaporte made the statement as the military claimed that the two civilians were killed by the rebels.
Randy Rociana, 38, married, a local farmer, was killed by NPA rebels in Sitio Asaran, Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental around 4 p.m. of July 12.
The victim was identified as a resident of Barangay Mahalang, Himamaylan City.
The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the different parts of his body. He was allegedly killed by nine fully armed NPA rebels who used unknown caliber of firearms.
Initial reports from the police disclosed that prior to the killing of Rociana, the NPA rebels arrived in the victim's house, asked the latter's whereabouts and learned that Rociana was working in the rice field where the killing took place.
Last June 13, 49-year-old Joelito Hilacio was also killed point-blank by the alleged community rebels while resting in his house in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.