Editorial: Politics or insurgency

WHILE the police are still investigating the shooting incident on Monday at Isabela, Negros Occidental which killed three men including a retired policeman and an ex-soldier, one could speculate that it could be politically-motivated.

One of the fatalities was part of the security detail of a town mayor in the province.

However, the police have yet to establish the motive of the incident.

On Monday, the three victims were attending a wake when four unidentified suspects shot them dead.

Two victims including a 10-year-old boy were hit by stray bullets.

The provincial police earlier said the killing was an alleged test mission of suspected rebels, though, the information has yet to be validated.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr., provincial police director, said they are still investigating if the killing of a Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team member in Moises Padilla town last month was perpetrated by the same suspects.

The police are still investigating if the two incidents are related.

If indeed it is, it is alarming as assailants were able to attack incognito, despite the counter-insurgency campaign of the government.

The police have already identified four persons of interest on the case.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday appealed to the authorities to thoroughly investigate the case to determine if it is politically-motivated or insurgency-related.

Lacson pointed out that if it is perpetrated by communist rebels, it could endanger the proposed resumption of peace talks between the national government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which is true. We agree.

From now on, any actions from both sides could affect efforts to restore the peace talks.
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