• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The New People’s Army Leonardo Panaligan Command claimed responsibility for the death of a barangay kagawad in Sitio BanBan Dos, Brgy. Guba, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental, on January 14.
In a statement, rebel spokesperson Ka JB Regalado accused the victim, identified as Barangay Kagawad Roselito Balasabas, of being an “intelligence asset” of the Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion.
Regalado reported that the people’s revolutionary court was unanimous in the imposition of a death penalty for Balasabas.
He added that a 9mm Ingram automatic pistol with three magazines containing ammunition was confiscated from the possession of Balasabas.
The imposition of a death penalty to Balasabas will serve as a warning to all those face charges before the revolutionary court, to settle it as soon as possible, claiming that the kagawad ignored the warnings issued they against him.*