Slain leader was a rebel returnee
ORMOC CITY– The brutal killing of a village chairman in Paranas, Samar was condemned by the police saying it would do its best to hunt down the perpetrators said to be members of the communist rebel group, the New People’s Army.
Tito Llamado,59, incumbent chairman of Barangay Anagasi, was gunned down by the suspects while was doing his farm work in their village on Sept.18 at about 8:30 am.
His wife, Remedios, was not hurt during the attack.
The regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that Llamado, who is seeking for a new term in the forthcoming October 30 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, was a rebel returnee.
It added that the slain barangay leader, since returning to the fold of the law, has been an active advocate against the rebel armed movement and encouraged those still active in the communist group to surrender to the government.
“We assure the public that the sacrifice and courage of the victim to return and embrace a legitimate government shall not be placed in complete ruin and desolation, as we will maintain and intensify our anti-insurgency and peace-keeping efforts,” the PNP-8 said in a statement.
“The fear of the communist terrorist group’s return of control in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) shall strengthen our resolve to end the communist terrorism by bringing the remnants of the NPA into the folds of law,” it added.
Brgy. Anagasi is an upland barangay which is about 30 kms away from the town proper of Paranas. (ROBERT DEJON)