No criminal raps yet vs NPAs in Janiuay encounter

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When will charges be filed against the New People’s Army rebels who figured in an encounter with police in Janiuay town in Iloilo last Feb. 12?

P/Lt. Col. Joem Malong, Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) spokesperson, said investigators are still getting the statements of police officers involved in the incident.

“It’s a tedious process. The suspects were only identified through their faces. We have to do a picture line-up to establish their identities,” she said (

At least one police officer – P/Capt. Efren Espanto, the team leader of the Reconnaissance Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6 – was killed in the encounter.

Espanto, 29, died from a gunshot injury on his head during the encounter at Barangay Aglobong.

Local police said the suspects are members of the NPA’s Komiteng Rehiyon Panay – Central Front Committee led by Karl Teodosio alias Andoy/Obet.

The NPA’s Coronacion “Waling-Waling” Chiva Command hailed its troops for what they perceived as a successful offensive operation against Espanto’s team.