PNP probes ‘death squad’ in Negros Oriental

MANILA The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered a probe on the alleged existence of a death squad in Negros Oriental.

PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde admitted this is the first time that he heard about the anti-communist group called Kawsa Guihulnganon Batok Komunista (KAGUBAK) in the province.

Personally, it's the first time I heard about it and we don't have any report about it from the regional director or even the provincial director (PD) on the existence of that alleged death squad. We will investigate that. I will have to talk to the PD there because he is new and I would have to talk with the RD on whether there is really a death squad there, Albayalde told reporters on Thursday when sought for a comment.

This came amid reports that the group has already killed five to 15 people on their hit list.

That is among the things we are probing. As far as I know, majority of the victims of the killings have only one thing in common they have leanings with the left. We also think it might be a case of purging (of the rebels). They sacrifice their own and then they blame the security forces, the AFP, and PNP. This propaganda of left-leaning groups is not new, the PNP chief explained.

It can be recalled during the hearing spearheaded by the Senate Committee on Public Order on Tuesday regarding the killings in Negros Oriental, Senator Risa Hontiveros said authorities should take KAGUBAK seriously to protect the names which are on the list of the so-called death squad. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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