Military ‘death squad’
behind Lorico murder
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri, commander of the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion, yesterday lamented that militant leaders have made them as “whipping boys” in the murder Wednesday of peasant leader Fermin Lorico.
“It is so unfair to point the finger on us right away. We do not engage in that kind of activity,” Neri said in reaction to allegations by various militant groups that “the 79th IB’s death squad” had shot dead Lorico, chairman of the Kahugpongan Alang sa Ugma sa Gagmay’ng Mag-uuma sa Oriental Negros or KAUGMAON.
He denied that they have a “death squad” and that they had a hand in the shooting of Lorico.