Military: NPA kills militiaman in Negros Oriental

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — Communist rebels abducted and killed a paramilitary member in Negros Oriental on Monday, the military said Tuesday.

Suspected members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) abducted Gelino Vailoces, 52, at around 8 a.m. on Monday, the 3rd Infantry Division's Public Affairs Office said.

Around 30 rebels took Vailoces from his home at Barangay Talalak in Santa Catalina town, according to witnesses.

The Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit member was unarmed and off-duty at the time. Vailoces was found dead at around 3:30 p.m., around 1.5 kilometers away from the detachment in Siaton town which was his post. Negros Oriental is a province in the Visayas, around 900 kilometers south of Manila.

The military said Vailoces had gunshot wounds in both knees and in his mouth.

The military said it will file a complaint before the Joint Monitoring Committee, composed of peace negotiators from the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF). The NDF is the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines. It represents rebels in peace talks to end 48 years of insurgency, the longest-running in Asia.

The NPA violated the Comprehensive Agreement in Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), signed by the government and the NDF in 1998, said Col. Eliezer Lozañes, commander of the 303rd Brigade.

Article 4 of the CARHRIHL states, "Persons hors de combat (out of the fight) and those who do not take a direct part in hostilities are entitled to respect for their lives, dignity, human rights, political convictions and their moral and physical integrity and shall be protected in all circumstances and treated humanely."

"Once again, we are calling on the communities to remain vigilant and report immediately presence of CPP-NPA Terrorists in their area so that we can put to stop the suffering of our people from the ideology-based violent extremism, extortion, threats, intimidation and other criminal activities of the communist-terrorist NPA," the military said in a statement.

The NPA attack happened as world leaders gathered in the country for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and Related Summits in Manila.

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It also follows the deaths of a four-month old baby and two other civilians in an NPA ambush in Bukidnon on November 9. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Tuesday took full responsibility for the attack and said it "will take all measures possible to account for the resulting difficulties."

It said the civilians' Toyota Fortuner was tailing the police patrol car which was the target of the ambush.