By DPAO, 8ID PA
October 19, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Eastern Visayas belonging to the Efren Martires Command and Arnulfo Ortiz Command are misleading the public again with their misinformation regarding the murder of the former Mayor of San Jose de Buan Ananias S. Rebato.
Ex-Mayor Rebato, together with his bodyguard Mr. Severino Tesoro, was attending a vesper party at Brgy. Babaclayon, San Jose De Buan, Samar when shots were fired leading to the instantaneous death of his bodyguard and one of the assailants. The former mayor was wounded but later succumbed to his injuries last October 13, 2018.
The CNTs have owned up to the killing of Ex-Mayor Rebato in a press statement that is tainted with lies and propaganda against the military. They are deceitfully covering up their atrocity by saying that they had only punished the former mayor who they claimed was an intelligence officer belonging to the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP). The communist terrorists are also falsely calling out the illegal arrest of one of the suspects by the military.
To set the records straight, Ex-Mayor Rebato was not a member nor an officer of the Armed Forces of Philippines. Likewise, the arrest of the suspect identified as Arnel Babatio, 18 years old and a resident of Brgy. San Nicolas, San Jose De Buan, was made by the joint elements of San Jose De Buan Municipal Police Station and the personnel of 2nd Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company (SPMFC) thru a hot pursuit operation. Said suspect is in custody of the Samar Police Provincial Office awaiting trial for murder. The non-factual assertions of the CNTs are nothing but mere lies that they have created in order to disguise the crime they had committed against a citizen.
The 8ID strongly condemns the brutal killing of ex-Mayor Rebato and his bodyguard perpetrated by the CNTs and extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, relatives, friends, and loved ones of the victims.
“The Filipino people no longer believe in the lies of the CPP-NPA Terrorists. The killing of former Mayor Rebato is another proof that the only ideology they believe in is that of violence and terrorism,” Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, 8ID said.