NPA blames 'Duterte Death Squad (DDS)' for Negros bloodshed

NPA blames 'Duterte Death Squad (DDS)' for Negros bloodshed

Members of the New People’s Army has denied any involvement and responsibility to the series of killings in Negros Oriental province, and instead puts all the blame on the policemen who are allegedly part of the vigilante group "Duterte Death Squad (DDS)."

NPA-Leonardo Panaligan Command deputy spokesperson Ann Jacinto, said the 17 peple killed by unidentified gunmen this month are several critics of President Rodrigo Duterte, anti-mining advocates and a rights lawyer.

Jacinto claims none of those who died are in the NPA hit list.

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"'Yung mga gumagawa ng pagpatay identified naman na mga miyembro ng PNP na naka-duty sa Guihulngan City. Sila ay mga Duterte Death Squad," Jacinto said, citing supposed police informants.
(Those who did the killings are members of the Philippine National Police who are assigned in Guihulngan City. They are part of the Duterte Death Squad.)

PNP and the AFP has tagged the killings to the handiwork of vigilante group Katawhan Guihulnganon Kontra Komunista (Kagubak).

'"Yung sinasabi nilang vigilante group... dino-drawing lang 'yun ng PNP at AFP," said Jacinto, this time citing a supposed spy in the military.

Statement from the AFP

Plain “propaganda,” was the answer of B/Gen. Benedict Arevalo, commander of the military's 303rd Infantry Brigade, when asked regarding the truth of the NPA’s statement that those responsible for the killings are government troops.

"Hindi naman alangan din na meron ding mga grupo itong mga kamag-anak, kaibigan ng mga biktima na umalsa din laban sa kanila. Although ayaw din natin din 'yan. Hindi natin 'yan ito-tolerate," he said.

"Kung wala talagang CPP-NPA dito sa ating bayan, hindi naman magkakaganito to. Sa kanila talaga nagsisimula ang gulo na to," said Arevalo.

Due to the number of killings Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde has ordered the deployment of additional 300 elite policemen to help stop the bloodshed in the Negros provinces.

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