By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang has condemned the brutal killing of a civilian member of the military auxiliary force in Bukidnon and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Pablo Omblero was executed by communist rebels in front of his wife.
“We strongly denounce the execution-style murder of Pablo Omblero, a CAFGU (Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit) army volunteer stationed in Lumbayao Patrol Base, at the hands of the New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists,” Andanar said in a statement.
“The actions of the members of the leftist armed group were senseless, blood-thirsty, and had absolutely no respect for humanitarian law, having executed Omblero in front of his wife while he was off duty and unarmed,” he added.
Andanar, also Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security of Northern Mindanao (CORDS X), recognized the communist rebels continued to pose a threat to the people.
“The NPA continues to be a threat to innocent civilians and volunteers and an enemy of peace and security. They do not discriminate whom they harm and they disregard the rule of law,” he said.
Andanar said he would work closely with local authorities, the military and the Commission on Human Rights “to conduct a joint investigation in order to find and bring to justice Omblero’s murderers.”
“The government will not let NPA’s brutality and attacks deter it from achieving its goal of lasting peace and prosperity, not just for the region but for the whole country,” he said.
Oblero, unarmed and off duty, was reportedly forcibly taken from his house by the armed suspects before he was shot. He was reportedly declared dead at a nearby hospital.