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Reds target 4 military men for Pitao rape-slay

Posted at | Updated as of 03/13/09 5:21 PM

Communist insurgents are targeting four military men for their alleged role in the abduction, rape and murder of Rebelyn Pitao, daughter of a regional commander in the communist New People's Army.

The Communist Party of the Philippines identified the four as Sgts. Adan Sulao and Ben Tipait of the Armed Forces Military Intelligence Group XI, Cpl. Alvin Bitang of the Military Intelligence Battalion (MIB) of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division, and a certain Pedregosa, another intelligence agent.

“These fascist agents are believed to have carried out this dastardly crime in accordance with instructions from higher ups in their desperate campaign to shatter the determination of Commander Parago and his fellow NPA Red fighters in advancing the people’s revolution,” said the CPP.

The rebels said the the four men should be arrested and made to face charges before a revolutionary "people's court."

Rebelyn was found dead last March 5, floating in a shallow creek at Purok 5, Barangay San Isidro, Carmen, Davao del Norte. Armed men abducted her around 6 p.m. the previous day while on her way home to Sitio Bago Aplaya, Barangay Bago Galleria, Talomo District, Davao City.

Before her body was found, Rebelyn's mother appealed for her release, saying she was an "aspiring teacher and has not been involved in any underground works unlike her father."

The CPP blamed the government for the incident and said it holds the highest officials of the Arroyo government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines responsible for the murder of Rebelyn.

“Ultimately, it is Gloria Arroyo and her top fascist henchmen who are to blame for the crimes against Rebelyn Pitao. Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya 2 has long regarded civilians as targets of military operations including killings, abuctions, torture and other forms of fascism. This has now been most hideously extended to apply as well to loved ones and relatives of armed revolutionaries the fascists cannot get hold of.”

The CPP pointed out that Rebelyn’s murder highlights the Arroyo administration’s innumerable crimes against unarmed civilians who are invariably regarded by the military and its “counter-insurgency” strategists as combatants in the raging civil war.