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RPA denies  
shooting NFSW man

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade yesterday dismissed as “baseless and unfounded” claims that one of its members was involved in the shooting and injuries of a farmer, affiliated with the National Federation of Sugarcane Workers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

RPA-ABB spokesperson Ka Victorino Sumulong said they have no reason to harass NFSW members, and that they have no involvement in issues pertaining to land in Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Sagay City.

NFSW member Elmer Cabahug, 33, claimed that he was shot in the right leg, allegedly Remar Agabon Saturday, while they were planting corn at a vacant lot in Sitio Kalinta-an, Brgy. Lopez Jaena, Sagay City, and was hit in the right leg.

Cabahug also told the Sagay police that they were harassed by the group of Agabon, believed to be RPA-ABB members, who ordered them to leave the area.

He identified the companions of Agabon, whom he also tagged as RPA-ABB members, as Jimmy Ordanesa, Renante Ortanesa, Angel Bucaling, while the five others were not identified.

Sumulong said their initial investigations showed that the NFSW may have been using the name of Ka Remar, commander of the RPA-ABB in the second district of Negros Occidental, on the internal conflict among agrarian reform beneficiaries, who are NFSW members, in the barangay.

He said the use of Ka Remar’s name and the organization of Cabahug is an indication of an intervention made by the CPP-NPA on NFSW, aimed at isolating and discrediting the good image of the RPA-ABB, through propaganda.

Cabahug said the Saturday incident was the second time they were harassed by members of the RPA-ABB.*GPB

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