NPA owns up to slay of Negros Occidental businessman

Emmanuel Tupas - The Philippine Star
NPA owns up to slay of Negros Occidental businessman
This photo taken on July 30, 2017 shows guerrillas of the New People's Army (NPA) in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. Fuelled by one of the world's starkest rich-poor divides, a Maoist rebellion that began months before the first human landed on the moon plods on even though the country now boasts one of the world's fastest-growing economies.
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MANILA, Philippines — Communist rebels have claimed responsibility for the killing of a businessman in Toboso, Negros Occidental on Tuesday.

The Roselen Jean Pelle Command-Northern Negros Guerrilla Front of the New People’s Army (NPA) said its fighters killed Juvie Sarona in Barangay Bug-ang at 7 p.m.

In a statement, the group said communist rebels killed Sarona and burned a tractor owned by his father.

The NPA claimed Sarona was the leader of a group behind the murder of nine sugarcane farmers in Sagay City in October 2018.

It claimed Sarona’s group was involved in gun-for-hire activities and was being backed by the police and military.

The NPA also accused Sarona of being a land grabber.

Police are working on leads to identify Sarona‘s killers.

The businessman was shot by unidentified men who barged into his house while he was having dinner.

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