The mutual agreement on the suspension of military operations for seven days was violated on Tuesday, when the Special Partisan Unit of the New People’s Army attempted to liquidate a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit member in Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Lt. Col. Ramil Bitong, 11th Infantry Battalion commander, said.
However, the target of the assassination, CAFGU member Lustino Temperatura, was not hit when one of the five SPARU hitmen shot him with a .45 caliber pistol, Bitong said.
Bitong said Temperatura, who was unscathed, sought refuge in his house, while the five rebel hitmen, one of them identified as Renje Sereno, immediately withdrew towards Sitio Casanday in the barangay.
The failed assassination attempt took place despite the fact that the ceasefire took effect Tuesday, in support of the ongoing peace talks between the National Democratic Front and the government in Oslo, Norway.
Bitong said the incident was a clear violation of the ceasefire.
Initial investigations of the 11th IB showed that Temperatura was watching a toss-coin game in front of his house, when he was shot.
An empty shell of a .45 caliber pistol was recovered from the scene by colleagues of Temperatura who rescued him.
While the Dec. 6 to Jan. 3 ceasefire was ongoing, Bitong said the NPA also violated it by attempting to assassinate CAFGU member Larry Bustamante in Brgy. Humay-Humay, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.
Col. Jonas Sumagaysay, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, reiterated his reminder to government troops to remain vigilant, despite the ceasefire.*GPB
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