2 anti-communist group members killed in ambush

Published April 27, 2021, 10:08 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—Two members of an anti-communist group were killed in an ambush in Batuan town, Bohol last Monday afternoon, April 26.

The Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7) said the ambush was carried out by at least 20 armed men allegedly belonging the New People’s Army (NPA).

The fatalities were identified as Rolando Pornes of Barangay Buhog, Carmen Bohol, and Jaime Cagatin of Barangay Salvador, Bohol.

Antonio Muring, 44, of Barangay Napo, Alicia, Bohol, and a member of CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) of the 47IB, Philippine Army was injured in the attack.

Micheal Hinampas of Barangay Bicao, Carmen, Bohol, and also a member of CAFGU, went missing after the ambush.

It was only on Tuesday morning, April 27, when Hinampas was rescued by pursuing policemen and soldiers in Barangay Cambacay, Batuan.

Police said the victims came from an anti-communist campaign and were heading home aboard their motorcycles when they were waylaid in Barangay Aloja past 5 p.m.

The victims belonged to the Bohol Organized New Guardians Association, Incorporated-Grupong Bol-anon Alang sa Kalamboan ug Kalinaw (BONGA GBKK), which involved in various campaigns against the CTGs in Bohol.

Police said Muring identified the assailants as their former co-members in the CTG.

Muring identified the assailants as Romeo Nabas and Ruben Nabas of Barangay Rizal, Batuan, Bohol.

“Our condolences to the families of those who died. We at PRO 7 will do our best to help them attain justice and make sure that their contribution in the campaign against terrorism will not go in vain,” said Police Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo, chief of PRO 7.