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Dahil sa pinatay na barangay politikos: Cops sorround Isabela, Negros Occidental

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In the wake of the killing of two barangay officials there, the Negros Occidental police office is beefing up its presence in Isabela town.

Negros Occidental police head Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil said this after meeting with the town’s Liga ng mga Barangay president last Friday.

Castil also formed a Special Investigation Task Group to investigate the killings.

At the meeting, Castil also said he will coordinate with the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the Philippine Army.

The meeting stemmed from the killings of Barangay Captain Roy Pagapang (Libas) and former Barangay San Agustin head Agapito Euroba.

In both cases, the communist New People’s Army claimed responsibility for the killing.

For his part, Capt. Ruel Llanes, spokesman of the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade spokesman, said they already have contingency plans.

Llanes also contested the NPA’s claims the two slain Isabela barangay officials were military informants.

For his part, Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor said he met with Pagapang before he was killed, and helped provide him security.