NPA admits killing Bukidnon town mayor

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 July) – The New People’s Army has admitted responsibility in the killing of Mayor Mario Okinlay of Impasugong, Bukidnon on Wednesday.

In a statement written in Cebuano sent 9:26 p.m. Friday, the NPA North-Central Mindanao Region spokesperson Allan Juanito said Okinlay was killed for his “counter-revolutionary activities in the guise of peace and development” in the barangays.

The statement said snipers from the NPA South-Central Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command carried out the operation at around 8 a.m. on July 2.

It said Okinlay and his convoy had come from Barangay Bontongon escorted by police and soldiers from the 8th Infantry Battalion when the guerrillas carried out the attack.

The rebel group accused Okinlay of aiding the military in implementing Oplan Bayanihan, the government’s counterinsurgency strategy, since 2013.

“Okinlay did not recognize the CARHRIHL (Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law) and international laws of war. Believing he was the king of Impasugong, he allowed the 8thIB to live with civilians, occupy public buildings in some barangays, put up checkpoints wherever and whenever they wanted.

“In some barrios, they made the people starve by limiting to five kilos the rice that each family may buy, and restricted the villagers’ livelihood activities, restricting their farm work from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,” the statement said.

Juanito added that Okinlay refused to heed the “people’s issues” brought to his attention in 2006 and snubbed another warning from the NPA last year.

“In his anti-communist discourses in pulong-pulong (community meetings) that condemned the revolutionary movement, he sounded like a government that feared nothing. Okinlay knew the gravity of his offenses against the revolution that’s why…he always had a large armed escort in his trips,” the statement said.

The NPA further accused the slain mayor of grabbing lands from at least 50 people or not paying for lands that were planted to oil palm, and of persecuting those who did not vote for him.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jose Maria R. Zubiri Jr. has scheduled a peace rally on Monday in Impasugong. (MindaNews)

URL: http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2014/07/05/npa-admits-killing-bukidnon-town-mayor/

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  • biaf milf

    Ang CPP/NPA/NDF ay dapat tanggapin ang puna ng mga hindi kumunista sa kanila tulad ng pagpuna nila sa kahit na sinong administrasyon na hindi nila kakampi. kung lahat ng kritiko nila ay papatayin nila, ibig sabihin noon ay mas patas ang demokrasya ng kalaban nilang sestima. Duda ako na pag me kilusang masa laban sa kanila hindi lamang iisa ang magiging katulad ng mayor ng impasugong.

  • biaf milf

    Tanong ko rin pala sa mga NPA. Ang mga ginagawa ba nila ay sigurado silang hindi rin nila mismo nallabag ang CARHRHIL?

  • Garry uy

    Npas are terrorist , this is a man who fights for democracy and protects the people. The people of impasugong are tired of the npa. In mayor okinlay people found the strenght to stand up. Npa u r not welcome in bukidnon!!!

  • Garry uy

    In bukidnon if u have a business they will harass u to pay revolutionary tax. For arevolution that no body wants! Npa is abusiness enterprise of black mails and protection money similar to what the mafias do. Unsa pa man ang ideology nga wala na may communism. Na prove na nga palpak tanawa ang ussr ang vietnam . Ang china nga ang mga leader billionaryu. Mao nang communism ninyu?

  • Momong

    God I pray that your guiding hand will help us restore our faith not only in you but in humanity. RIP Mayor Okinlay, my father Rolando Hernandez and my friend Rick Benigno.

  • Atilla D. Hun

    Mopatay man gyud ang NPA sa mga naa sa poder nga di mosuporta sa ila, Tan’awa ang nahitabo sa mayor sa President Roxas, Cotabato nga si Engr. Jaime Mahimpit, hapit unta matigbak, pero, tan’awa si Mayor Corvera sa San Luis, Agusan del Sur; Mayor Caoagdan sa Makilala, Cotabato; Mayor Sar Colina sa Maragusan, Comval Province, ubpa. pa nga mga mayor nga supporter sa NPA, hayahay kaayo ang kinabuhi. Ug segurado pang modaug panahon sa election kay suportado man sila sa masa sa NPA. So mga mayores, kagawads, ano pa ang hinihintay ninyo, ambush? Kadaghanan sa AFP/PNP dili maasahan. Suweldo, pataas sa ranggu, panguwag, panguwarta, early retirement ra’y gihuna-huna ana nila. Gani kasagaran sa gapayuhot og bala, armas, uniporme ngadto sa NPA mga taga-AFP man gihapon.

  • sdware

    atilla, ayaw kalimti ang mayor sa davao