Wilson Latimbang, a councilor of Barangay Noa, was said to be a government spy. His body was found dumped in an abandoned lot in the village, Saturday afternoon.
Latimbang bore gunshot wounds in the head and back.
Initial reports identified a certain Commander Dayo of NPA Front 51 as having led the group that executed the councilor for allegedly helping the military in its operations against the ‘masses’ and the communist movement in Magpet town.
But Major Lyndon Paniza, commander of the 39th IB, was unsure whether Latimbang was indeed connected with military intelligence.
What investigators initially knew was that the victim was a former rebel who had surrendered many years ago.
Latimbang was the second suspected government spy to have been killed in Magpet since February this year.
On February 8, the NPA executed a certain Arnel Senaon of Barangay Balite, believed to be one of the few villages highly influenced by the rebels.
In a press statement issued on February 13 by rebel spokesperson Isabel Santiago, the NPA accused Senaon of being a military spy who helped the 39th IB hunt down the rebels. (MindaNews)