Saturday, March 15, 2014
Ex-NPA rebel shot dead by armed men in NE
CABANATUAN CITY – A former member of the communist New People’s Army was shot dead by four unidentified gunmen in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director, identified the murdered ex-rebel as Renato Saddoy, alias Ka Leroy, 49, of Barangay Macabaclay, Bongabon.
Saddoy sustained 18 gunshot wounds in the body which led to his death.
Senior Inspector Manuel Catacutan, Bongabon police chief, said Saddoy was a member of the NPA in the 80s and had since become a farmer. He is also a known active member of the Alab Katipunan (AK), a farmer’s group.
SPO1 Adrian Sioson, investigator of the Bongabon police, said that prior to the killing, a witness told them the suspects – their faces covered with shirts, positioned themselves along the road leading to Saddoy’s farm and pretended to be farmhands.
A few minutes later, Saddoy passed by aboard his handtractor on his way to his farm when two of the suspects fired him repeatedly. The gunmen fled towards to Barangay Santor.
Sioson said the motive for Saddoy’s killing remains unknown. He said the victim’s widow has refused to provide information to police probers until after her husband’s interment.
Empty shells of caliber 45 revolver were recovered at the murder scene. (Manny Galvez)
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