TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan—Police Regional Office 2 (PRO2) activated the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to look into the case of a “former New People’s Army member” and National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant.
Earlier today, the NDF-Cagayan Valley released a statement condemning the death of Felix Randy Paragua Malayao.
Based on the statement of NDF, “the NDF in Cagayan Valley region, with all its allied organizations and member individuals, condemns the murder of NDF Consultant Felix Randy Malayao by death squad elements of the 5th ID at 2.30 am today inside a bus while on a stop at Darapidap, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya”.
Moreover, also based on NDF statement “his death is the latest among the fascist US-Duterte regime’s attacks against the people, in a desperate and bloody attempt to fulfill his forecast that the revolutionary movement can be crushed by the middle of the year. At the time of his death, Comrade Felix was covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees that stipulates, among others, that consultants like him should not be harmed nor arrested”.
Meanwhile, according on an interview with PRO2 Regional Director, PCSUPT Jose Mario this afternoon, January 30, 2019, there is no such “Death Squad Elements of the 5th ID”.
Also, Espino clarified that Nueva Vizcaya is outside the Area of Responsibility (AOR) of the 5th ID.
“The Police will try its best to identify the suspect of the victim now that the SITG is activated”, he added.
Furthermore, Espino calls for the family of the victim to cooperate with police to help solve the case.