By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified 11 of the communist rebels who allegedly tortured and executed four police intelligence operatives in Ayungon town of Negros Oriental last week.
PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said that the 11 communist rebels will be among those who would be slapped with criminal charges, along with the 30 others who participated in the killing of four intelligence operatives of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion.
“The barangay captain is not also off the hook. Based on the investigation, he did not participate but it appears that he had knowledge of what was going to happen,” said Albayalde.
He is referring to the barangay captain of Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town.
“He will be among those who would be included in the charge sheet although he cooperated at the course of the investigation,” said Albayalde.
Based on the initial report, the four cops were about to meet with an asset when they were waylaid in front of the house of a certain Oto Anadon in Sitio Yamot in Barangay Mabato.
But during the probe that was backed by Crime Laboratory results, the cops appeared to have been seized by the rebels before they were tortured and later executed one after the other.
The policemen were identified as Police Corporal Relebert Beronio and Patrolmen Raffy Callao, Roel Cabellon, and Marquino de Leon.
The cops were reportedly about to meet with Anadon who the police tagged as having links with the communist rebels. It was Anadon who allegedly tied the hands of the four cops before he was asked to leave by the rebels.
President Duterte, in his visit to the wake of the slain cops, offered P1 million bounty to the rebels who killed the policemen—and offered an additional P300,000 if the rebels are killed.
Albayalde said that the reward would be helpful in running after the communist rebels.
“This will encourage the people there because a lot of people saw the execution since it was done right in front of local residents,” said Albayalde.