Negros councilor who survived rebel ambush gunned down

Published April 2, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Calvin D. Cordova

Cebu City – A city councilor in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, who survived an ambush by communist rebels last year was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding assailants early morning Monday.

Paulo Edison Dela Rita Sr. was driving a motorcycle when he was fired at. He did not reach the hospital alive.

Chief Supt. Robert Quenery, Central Visayas police director, ordered a manhunt for dela Rita’s killers.

At a press briefing Monday, Quenery said the motive of the attack has not been established but he is not discounting the possibility that the New People’s Army (NPA) was behind it.

Dela Rita survived an ambush by NPA guerrillas last July 21 in Barangay Magsaysay, Guihulngan. His security aide was killed.

Dela Rita managed to call the police and then city police chief Supt. Arnel Delorino Arpon and his five men responded.

On their way to the ambush site, Arpon and his men were warned by residents not to proceed because heavily armed men were spotted near the site of the ambush.

Arpon ignored the warning. His group was itself ambushed, and six policemen were killed.