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'NPA rebels' kill Army front-liner in NegOr

July 03, 2020 - Friday 8:07 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image SHOT DEAD. An Army front-liner was shot dead in Barangay Luz, Guihulngan City by suspected NPA members on Wednesday afternoon (July 1, 2020). Corporal Mark Anthony Quiocson of the Community Support Program of the 62nd Infantry Unifier Battalion was onboard his motorcycle when ambushed at Sitio Compound, Barangay Luz in Guihulngan City. (Photo courtesy of 3ID PA)

DUMAGUETE CITY – Suspected members of the New People's Army have shot dead and took the money and the belongings of a Philippine Army soldier in Barangay Luz, Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental.

A report from the 303rd Army Brigade on Friday identified the victim as Corporal Mark Anthony Quiocson of the Community Support Program of the 62nd Infantry “Unifier” Battalion.

Cpl. Quiocson was serving in the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) Community Control Point and extending assistance to Barangay Development programs.

On Wednesday at, Quiocson was on board his motorcycle when four unidentified armed men believed to be members of the Special Partisan Unit (SPARU) of the NPA waylaid the soldier at Sitio Compound, Barangay Luz by shooting him several times causing instantaneous death, the Army report said.

Recovered from the crime scene were eight .45-caliber shells, six empty shells of 9-mm, one live .45-caliber ammunition, and one slug of unknown caliber.

The soldier’s helmet was removed by the perpetrators who still shot him in the head, the report said.

The suspects took his issued firearm, cash, and ATM cards as well as the money of his fellow soldiers sent by their respective families, his shoes, and the seafood (squid and shrimps) he bought for his teammates, the report added.

Lt. Col. Melvin Flores, acting commander of the 62nd IB, was quoted in the statement saying, “This is a clear manifestation of human rights violation of the Communist NPA.”

“Despite the pandemic, these terrorists took advantage of the situation to execute their terrorist acts instead of helping the people. With this incident, the NPA really (show) their true color – to terrorize the people of Central Negros,” Flores said.

On behalf of the 62nd IB, the Army commander extended their sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family of Quiocson. “All assistance will be given to his immediate family,” he said.

He also reassured that with the help of the Philippine National Police and the local government unit, they will continue in their efforts to protect the people as they relentlessly pursue their objective of eliminating the insurgency problem.

“We are also appealing to the people of Guihulngan City for your support in identifying and locating these criminals to give justice to the victim and to serve the long arm of the law,” Flores said. (PNA)